Young and old take part in Bridlington’s Race For Life

Audrey Farrant, 86, and daughter Jane Farrant ran the Race For Life.
Audrey Farrant, 86, and daughter Jane Farrant ran the Race For Life.

HUNDREDS of runners converged on Sewerby Hall last weekend as this year’s Race for Life took place at the estate.

Fortunately the weather stayed largely dry during the course of the run as over 1,500 women of all ages came to Sewerby to do their bit for Cancer Research UK.

Organisers are delighted with how well the event went and are hopeful of raising in excess of £80,000 to fight cancer.

The race, which was eventually won by Pheobe Law, 15, from Cottingham, in 19 minutes and 32 seconds, was started by Coun Chad Chadwick, Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, who also led participants through a pre-race warm up routine.

Perhaps the oldest participant in this year’s event was Audrey Farrant, 86, who lives on the Sandsacre estate, who took part with her daughter Jane.

Audrey, who also ran the race when she was 80, said: “The day went really well, I’m just recovering now, I didn’t know there were hills on top of the cliff but there was definitely a steady incline.

“The event was very well organised and it is very reassuring to know that the marshals have a close eye on everything.

“I ran the race with my daughter Jane and she’s the one that keeps me going and it’s great to have that kind of support when you’re doing it.

“I think this was my last Race for Life as a participant but I’m still keen to be involved in the organisation side of it next year because it’s such a worthy cause.”

Audrey collected £113 from members of Flamborough Head Golf Club for the Race for Life, in memory of Mary Emmerson, with whom she played golf at the club.

* SEE two pages of pictures from this year’s Race For Life event in this week’s Bridlington Free Press.