It’s seventh heaven for the Star walkers

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The seventh annual StarWalk took place on Saturday when around 500 people ran and walked the 10km and 5km routes to raise funds for CancerCare.

This year the charity hopes to raise more than £50,000, all of which goes directly back into helping cancer sufferers and their family members based in North Lancashire and South Lakeland.

The night was truly memorable and the rain stopped just at the right time!

Many walked in memory of a loved one or had cancer themselves and it was a huge personal challenge.

One brave woman, Andrea Cowherd from Lancaster, addressed the crowd about her own personal cancer journey, saying: “many people think people with cancer are victims, but we’re not, we are fighters and that fight comes from you.”

It was a direct thank you to everyone in the room for supporting CancerCare: the organisation that provided her and her family with free therapies.

The first runner back on the 10km was Paul Percival-Smith from Kendal who runs with Kendal Athletics Club and finished in 46m50s; second was John Edmondson who also runs for them and did it in 47m50s. “The hall was buzzing with wonderful camaraderie and the spirit of getting 500 men and women together in one place for one common, local cause – CancerCare – was truly inspiring,” said Helen Hartin, the event organiser.

“This event would not have been possible without the support of so many local businesses, especially Elephant Yard Shopping Centre and The Bay Radio, our official sponsors, JK as Robbie Williams who was wonderful, Lakes leisure centre, Tracy Dixon for the Zumba warm Up, St John Ambulance, Kendal unit, and all the local businesses, too many to mention, that gave their support to the evening.”

Anyone who took part should ensure that all their sponsorship is in by August 9, and should be sent to the Fundraising Department, CancerCare, Slynedales, Slyne Road, Lancaster, Lancs, LA2 6ST or droped off at The Lakes Centre, Blackhall Road, Kendal.