Runners go green for Clatterbridge

Radio Clatterbridge listeners were treated to an exclusive track-side experience when hundreds of runners descended on the health park.

Steve Lord took his microphone to meet the organisers and participants of a brand new fun run in the grounds of the hospital.

More than 300 people took part in the 3-2-1 Go Green event in aid of The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity.

Steve Lord interviews one of the fundraisers

Runners of all ability dressed in green along the 2km route, which included an obstacle course and powder paint stations to make sure everyone was the correct colour.

"We wanted to make sure people had a lot of fun while raising much needed funds at the same time. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and of course to all our volunteers who worked so hard to make the event such a huge success." - Mark Parkinson, Event Manager, The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

It brought an end to the annual Let’s Go Green week, a fundraising drive to help the charity raise £15m towards the building of a new specialist cancer hospital in Liverpool and improvements to the Wirral site.

The start line was outside the entrance to The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and runners were given the chance to complete the course more than once if they wanted a tougher test.

Liz Bishop, Chief Executive of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre starts the run (Credit: The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre)

Before they set off they enjoyed a warm up courtesy of staff from the gym at the Village Hotel in Bromborough.

Presenters Dave Harvey and Liz Morton interrupted their regular Sunday Supplement programme with updates from the course.

Radio Clatterbridge volunteer Mandy Shepherd was amongst those raising money.

Alison with the Cheeky Vimto girls - friends Vicky Edwards, Denise Cresswell, Norah Stewart, Anne Mahon and Stella Edwards (Credit: The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre)

Alison Payne also took part after receiving 16 surgeries in four years.

She is now receiving treatment for metastatic spinal cancer at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.

"The care I have had at Clatterbridge has been fantastic and this is a way to say thank you. I think positivity is a massively important thing and I have been really lucky to be supported by my friends and family and taking part in 3-2-1 is a great way to show our support and have some fun." - Alison Payne

Her friend Stella Edwards, from West Kirby, was also running in memory of the mum of a close friend, Lillian Cope, who trained as a nurse at Clatterbridge.

Steve Pavett, Helen Sestan and Ian Grant lend their support

Radio Clatterbridge presenters Ian Grant, Helen Sestan and Steve Pavett were on hand outside the studio to hand runners water and apples donated by Asda.

Organisers say they are looking forward to making next year's run even bigger and better.

The next big outdoor event for the charity is the Beside the Seaside Walk at Crosby Coastal Park on the 9th June 2019.

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