A pink force to be reckoned with

Gütersloh Race for Life took place on Sunday. There were 67 runners registered and they all crossed the line; some competitors ran, some walked and some even pushed prams.

Along with these runners was a mass of spectators. Volunteers took time and effort to ensure that all competitors were hydrated.

Water was provided before the event, and at every turn in the route, with all competitors being given a bottle of water as they crossed the finish line. The water was kindly donated by NAAFI.

The route was designed with safety in mind and stayed within Mansergh Barracks throughout. There were marshals lining the course to make sure everyone was getting on alright. The majority of the marshals were from 26th Regiment Royal Artillery and they really got engaged in the spirit of the day.

All marshals, along with the children and some adult runners, had their faces painted by Russ Clinton from Community Support.

Alongside the race there were many treats put on by the community; the ladies of 26 Regt RA baked cakes and muffins that went down a treat for a small donation for Race for Life.

Sammy from 26 Regt RA welfare ensured everyone was topped up with either vanilla or strawberry ice cream and in some cases both and NAAFI offered a barbecue and refreshments too.

The whole event had a really community feel about it and everyone was getting involved where they could to help, even two of Royal Military police – community team – assisted us at the event and enjoyed an ice cream too.

They mingled with the community allowing everyone to get to know them and ask questions about the community.

The race was lead by the PT staff from 26 Regt RA and all junior ranks did a great job from start to finish. WO2 Ian Lewis CSWO said: “The event would not have been possible without all their efforts.”

Fastest lady over the finish line was Mel Boddy; with her husband currently away, a friend kindly offered look after her child while she took part in the run.

Fastest child on the day was Luke Nolan – who also came second overall.

Upon crossing the line all competitors were awarded a medal for their efforts by Maj Richard Crawford.

At the end of the day WO2 Ian Lewis had this to say: “I would like to pass on a huge thank you to all those who helped out and took part in this event, both the runners and the team that worked behind the scenes to make this event a success.

“With the entry fee and donations the total sum of €608.23 was raised, so well done all who took part in this event.”

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