Thousands Run In London To Raise Money For Charity

Run 10k Finishing Line

Thousands of people took part in a charity run in London on Sunday to raise money for a cancer charity.

More than 3,500 people ran the Run 10k course around London’s Victoria Park, Hackney, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Runners were joined by ex-Changing Rooms, Linda Barker and winner of the BBC’s The Apprentice 2008, Lee McQueen, who took to the stage to lend their support.

The organisers expect to raise a figure exceeding £320,000 as donations are collected from sponsors following the successful event.

Cancer Research held its first Run 10k in 2003 and now has events all over the country. They hope that this year 50,000 people will take part, raising £5million.

The Course

Luckily the weather provided perfect sunny conditions after a week of cloud and rain.

The course wound around the park, giving bystanders and supporters opportunity to cheer on friends and everyone else.

Vicky Allen, 22 from Hethersett, said, ‘This is my first time and I’ve really enjoyed it. It has been great to be part of something that could help so many people… The support has been really fantastic.’

‘It was tough but this definitely won’t be my last run.’

Prevention

The charity raises money for several different funds and research areas.

Natasha Dickinson from Cancer Research UK said ‘Each year it is estimated that that as many as 1,500 deaths from cancer in the UK could be prevented if people kept more active.’

‘physical exercise can help reduce the risk of cancer.’

Urban Running

Earlier this year Cancer Research UK opened the UK’s first urban running lane on London’s Southbank, creating a kilometre stretch on which runners can train freely.

This is aimed to benefit runners that are frustrated by obstructions on normal roads.

There are similar events to be held across the UK until the end of October.

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