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On the run for hospice cause
THE sun shone for more than a hundred charity runners taking part in the Lewis Manning fun run at the weekend.
Despite wet and wild weather deluging the area for most of Sunday, participants in the Poole charity’s Time to Care event were blessed with sunshine as the 10k and 5k race started at Bournemouth seafront.
The event, which saw more than 100 people turn out, began at 9am along the promenade towards Boscombe, with many people running in memory of loved ones.
Maria Tidy, fundraising manager at Lewis Manning, said: “We were down at the beach early and nearly drowned so it’s lovely to see the sun now.
“There are just over 100 people taking part in both races, which is great for the first year as the Time to Care event. There are people here who support us throughout the year and there are people perhaps taking part in their first event for the charity.
“I think we’ve probably captured people who didn’t do the marathon as well as those who have done the park runs and want to do the 10k as an extra challenge. We’ve also got to thank HSBC who have covered the cost of the run, so sponsorship goes directly to Lewis Manning.”
Bournemouth University physiotherapy students were on hand to help warm people up with massages before the race began as well.
Adrian Higgins and his wife Michaela from Southbourne were taking part in the race.
“We like raising money for something local”, Michaela said.
“We needed something to keep us running on honeymoon, although this is a bit different weather-wise to Hawaii. We work in the NHS, so this is a very deserving cause.”
Lewis-Manning provides free care and support for people in East Dorset living with cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and other life-limiting illnesses.
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