On the morning of Sunday 10th June, 17 cadets and 2 staff headed to Hampstead Heath to take part in the 5k Race for Life in support of Cancer Research UK. Each runner had spent the weeks prior to the run raising money through sponsorship, and now that the day was here spirits were high and some girls even made the humorous effort to dress up in fancy dress!
The grounds of Hampstead Heath were soon crowded with runners, who all took part in the group aerobics warm-up following a moment’s silence for those whose lives have been affected by cancer. All 5,000 runners were then ushered to the starting line where we were set off on our run. The atmosphere was fantastic, with everyone in good spirits and our girls singing songs in a haphazardly assembled running squad.
Once people had established their own paces and overtaken other runners into position, the group soon spread out. Throughout the course there were supporters and marshals to guide runners in the right direction and provide encouragement.
As runners approached the finishing line, we were greeted with loud cheers and clapping from the supporters. The 241 participants finished within minutes of each other and collected our medals and goodie bags. We even had the opportunity to pose for a publicity shot for Capital FM, with fresh sweat dripping off our faces and our costumes barely having survived the run.
Altogether the girls raised over £2,000 for Cancer Research UK, well done to the following girls for taking part:
Ellie Clark, Alex Dutch, Joy Dutch, Holly Famiglietti, Jess Goldman, Claire Hayes, Bianca Nicklen, Kristina Pisano, Chloe Sinclair, Laura Smith, Catherine Chiu, Martina Abela, Katrina Zielinski, Shannon Campbell, Amelia Carleton, Mia Lewis and Vicki Jordan.
Staff that took part were Plt Off Brogden-Knight (even though she has the flu) and ASgt Cheah.
The photo shows the cadets and staff in costume before the run.