Monday, 20 September 2021

Cancer survivors raise £3,000 with race

A RACE organised by two cancer sufferers raised more than £3,000 for charity

A RACE organised by two cancer sufferers raised more than £3,000 for charity.

More than 30 runners took part in the inaugural Greys Green Charity 10km race, which was held at Greys Green Farm in Rotherfield Greys on Saturday.

The farm is owned by Alexander Hood, who was diagnosed with colon and liver cancer in April last year, while his son-in-law Fraser Smart, who has survived the disease five times, organised the event. The pair decided to stage the race to raise money for Maggie’s Centres, a string of drop-in care centres which the men say have helped them during their ordeals.

The participants ran around the farm’s land and nearby roads.

The race was won by Dean Thatcher in a time of 41 minutes and three seconds. Olympic rower Sam Townsend took part with a group of friends, finishing in 41 minutes and 29 seconds.

Mr Smart, who lives in London but spends much of his time at the farm, said: “It was a huge success — everybody was really up for it and we had perfect conditions.

“Some of the runners did some great times and everybody said they loved the course and want to come back next year with their friends. We’ve already set a date for next year and we want it to be an annual fixture.”

Mr Hood blew the whistle to start the run and went out on the course before watching the first runners return.

Mr Smart said: “He loved it. He chatted to the runners and was delighted with how it went. Alexander really wants to leave the farm as a legacy for future generations. He wants people to enjoy it and has planted lots of woodland.

“We wanted him to be able to see the first run, which is why it was entirely on the farm and was organised at quite short notice.”

Next year’s race will be held on Saturday, September 16.

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