40F (Maidstone) Squadron Support Cancer Research’s Maidstone Race For Life 2011 Events

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July saw the Race for Life events return to Mote Park, Maidstone as part of the 2011 calendar, with the traditional 5K events for both days and the introduction of the 10K event for the first time on the Saturday.

For the past five years, the Squadron has supported the Race for Life events, and this year was no different, with eleven cadets helping out on each day.

On the Saturday, the cadet’s primary roles were to run the water station on the route for the 10K runners and to marshal the route, whilst providing encouragement to all of the participants involved.

The Sunday saw the cadet’s primarily involved in setting up and working in the finish area, handing out medals, water and goodies to the participants, marshalling the route and providing encouragement to all of the participants involved. Upon completion of the event, the cadets assisted with the clear down of the area.

Photo depicts the cadets volunteering on the Saturday with the Regional Event Manager Gemma Turpin, and the Heart Angels

Flight Sergeant Michael Weller ATC said:

“More and more people are being affected by Cancer, whether this is personally or through knowing someone that has it. Without organisations, such as Cancer Research UK, organising fundraising events like Race for Life, and the support from all participants and volunteers, the research and advances in understanding cancer, and the detection and treatment techniques would not be possible.

The Race for Life events are a great opportunity for us as a Squadron to proudly support the local community and the hard work that Cancer Research perform.”

Race for Life was established in 1994 and is the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK, whereby women of all ages and fitness levels come together to walk, jog or run to help beat cancer. Just at this year’s Maidstone events, there were 1363 participants in the 5K Saturday event, 1215 participants in the 10K event, and 4298 participants in the 5K Sunday event.

Gemma Turpin, who is Cancer Research’s Regional Event Manager, said:

“Thank you for all your hard work and support at Race for Life Maidstone 2011. Without your support 6,876 women couldn't have done Race for Life and we wouldn't be aiming to be raising £464,467 for Cancer Research UK life saving work. Without YOU this couldn't have been possible, so THANK YOU”

For more information about Race for Life, please visit: http://www.raceforlife.org/

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