Park runners defy the elements

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The third annual Williamson Park Fun Run, organised every year by third year sport students from the University of Cumbria, raised almost £700 for charity.

Organised in association with Lancaster City Council, the chosen charity this year was the Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Clubs, with 50 per cent of the proceeds going to the Lancaster-based association.

This year the task of organising and delivering the event was in the capable of hands of six students; Iain Younger, Lucy Merritt, Tom Kenrick, Rob Watson, Sebastian Johnson and Sean Marriner.

They received support during the planning process and the delivery of the event from Mark Christie, lecturer at the University of Cumbria, and also Will Griffith and Elliot Grimshaw from Lancaster City Council.

The Fun Run event is a great community event and receives a lot of input from local businesses.

A special mention goes to Sainsbury’s for providing bottled water, and the Running Centre in Lancaster who provided a large inflatable start-finish banner and high visibility jackets for the volunteer marshals on the day.

Despite the rain, the spirits of the runners were never dampened.

A brilliant turnout of 163 runners alongside a large number of supporters braved the elements for what was a superb and enjoyable afternoon.

The event was kicked off by a Zumba dancing warm up, which gave way to Lancaster mayor Sheila Denwood, who had kindly agreed to attend the event, to start the run.

Two different distances were run on the day, a 5km and a 3km run with all participants having the choice of run they wished to take part in.

The event was rounded off with runners receiving a medal and much-needed bottle of water then a delicious hog roast that many of the runners chose to enjoy.

The event was a great success, raising £678.80 for the Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Clubs.

A massive thank you must be extended to all those who helped in creating such a fantastic event and to those who joined us on the day and supported such a good cause.