By Tony Gussin
Joy, tears and determination mingled as cancer survivors and supporters took to the track for North Devon Relay for Life at the weekend.
This year the popular fundraiser for Cancer Research UK was held at Barnstaple Rugby Club and saw teams set off on Saturday lunchtime for the 24 hour relay.
There was emotion as cancer survivors and relatives told their stories, as well as stalls, music, games and entertainment throughout the day and into the night.
Lisa Mackenzie, chairman of the organising committee, said so far some £14,000 has been raised, with more money still to come in.
Best feet forward at annual Cancer Research UK fundraiser in Barnstaple. “The event went absolutely amazingly and the teams were just phenomenal,” she said.
“None of us really knew what was going to happen so there was such joy when all these people started showing up in the morning.”
An opening Survivors Lap saw 20 take part, then later the poignant Candle of Hope event as darkness fell saw 230 people take to the candlelit track.
Other events saw the CrossFit North Devon team row 345 kilometres – the equivalent of eight marathons – while Lisa’s daughter Faye, eight, had her hair cut short for charity, as did her cousin Molly Oldfield and CrossFit’s Olivia Slade.
RS Sports Massage also stayed up all day and all night to tend to the tired walkers in return for a donation.
The next Relay for Life is on July 23, 2016 and it is not too early to enter – call Lisa on 07725 145781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org