Louth has £250,000 reasons to celebrate

Louth Run for Life - 2015. '10th anniversary event. 'The start of the main women's race of the day, which saw over 900 take part. EMN-150629-100403001
Louth Run for Life - 2015. '10th anniversary event. 'The start of the main women's race of the day, which saw over 900 take part. EMN-150629-100403001

Louth has 250,000 brilliant reasons to celebrate - thanks to the record-breaking success of the town’s annual Run For Life.

The event celebrated its 10th anniversary on Sunday and attracted a record entry of more than 1,600 runners.

Organisers are hopeful that proceeds will top their fantastic funding goal of raising a quarter of a million pounds during the 
last decade.

In all, 1,620 entrants pulled on their running shoes to make a difference and raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

Runners of all ages took part on a route which took in town centre streets and Hubbards Hills. Some racers wore fancy dress and even Spiderman was spotted on the starting line.

The adults race covered 5K and competitors said they were delighted to take part, describing the race as ‘life changing’, ‘emotional’, ‘inspirational’ and 
‘brilliant’.

Organisers are already hard at work planning the 2016 event which they hope will be even bigger and better than ever.

Highlights from the Louth Run for Life included appearances from Batman, Spiderman, Captain America and Tinkerbell as well as a new women’s course record. The winner of the children’s 1K race was Lucas George Jones with a time of two minutes, 36 seconds.

A new course record was set by Natalie Burns in the 5K women’s race, taking off more than a minute from the previous record, she finished in 16 minutes and 38 seconds.

Mark Atkinson won the men’s race in a time of 16 minutes and 56 seconds.

Prizes were also given out for the best fancy dress in each race category.

Brown bear Nicole Cook won in the children’s category, Karen Godfrey won the women’s with her dress up of Batman and Robin with her daughter Faith and Wayne Bateman won the men’s dressed as tinkerbell.

Chairman of the Louth Run for Life committee, Simon West said: “I would like to thank everyone for their amazing support over the 10 years this event has been running.

“I never dreamt that we would raise such an amazing amount of money for Cancer Research UK.

“I would like to think we will reach our £250,000 target when all of the money is collected.

“There was a lot of harrowing stories of those who had lost loved ones, those going through treatment and also those celebrating for loved ones who are cancer survivors.

“We need to keep raising as much as we can to help fund vital research.

“Here’s to celebrating many more cancer survivors at our event next year.”

The date is already set for next year’s event which will take place on Sunday, June 26.