Olympic torch bearer joins fund-run

Olympic torch bearer joins fund-run

Amanda Hall

Olympic torch bearer joins fund-run

Teams of fundraisers had help from a four legged friend and an Olympic torch bearer during a charity relay race in Maidenhead.

More than 20 teams took part in the 11th annual Lions Club of Maidenhead FundRun on Saturday including pupils from St Piran's School, Alwyn Junior School and Boyne Hill Infant School as well as scouts and brownies from Cookham Dean Furze Platt.

Olympic torch bearer Gina Macgregor was also on hand to cheer on the runners and gave her torch to eight-year-old Christopher Wheeler who ran a lap of the Braywick athletic track with it.

Other teams included long-standing entrants the Maidenhead Childminding Group and The Mayor for Windsor and Maidenhead's Team, which included Cllr Colin Rayners 14-year-old triplet daughters Alice, Victoria and Isabelle and their friends Hannah, Alexandra and Sabrina, who are also triplets.

The team was joined by the mayor's dog Stubbings, who had to be carried part way around the track after becoming too tired.

Cllr Rayner said: "This event just shows how fantastic the people of Maidenhead are in coming out and supporting the community and helping to raise money.

"I'm always amazed by the attitude of people in the Royal Borough who seem to believe in service before self."

The relay, which kicked-off at 12pm, saw runners tackle two hundred meters of the Braywick Road track before passing a baton to a team mate. Each team runs for about one hour and sponsorship raised is split between the Lions and the runners charity of choice. 

Organiser Don Evetts said: "The turn out is brilliant, we're so pleased so many people took part."

He added the club is aiming to raise more than £2,000 through the event.

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