Forty-two eager volunteers participated in the charity run, raising hundreds of pounds for cancer research.
The run was hosted by the University of Salford and organized by the university’s Sports Centre. Dozens of volunteers of all ages turned up to the University of Salford’s Sports Centre on Friday afternoon in vibrant Santa and elf costumes for the Christmas themed run.
The first 20 sign ups received free Santa suits for their participation.
Runners gathered up at the starting point for a pre-run warm up session guided by the Sports Centre fitness trainer, before setting off at 12:45pm on their 3K journey. The run took place predominantly on campus, around the broad walk, Maxwell building, and David Lewis.
Runners returned to the finish line gradually as they were given the option to run, jog, or walk the 3K journey. Event organizers awaited towards the end with prizes and applause.
First runner to cross the finish line was young man, Jaylynn Fyne, who came to the run accompanied by his family. Fyne received a shiny medal and a big tub of Quality Street Chocolate as well as many cheers from the crowd and his family. Fyne said he was motivated to join the charitable event by his stepfather, Gavin Magiure, who also joined the run, sporting a festive Santa costume.
Kidscan Children’s Cancer research is a charity organization which started in 2002 mainly to help and support research for cancer treatment for children. Kidscan became the university’s official charity organization three years ago, and has since collaborated with them on a variety of occasions for worthy and charitable causes.
Last April, the university hosted a successful 5K Vice-Chancellor Fun Run, in which the Vice-Chancellor, Helen Marshall participated along with the runners in order to help raise funds for Kidscan.
“The sign-ups are open to staff, students, and the community as well,” said Daley Oneal, the Sports Centre’s Front of House Manager, who provided more insight into this event. “Kidscan are our local community charity. So, it’s very small scaled compared to worldwide events.”
“The greater visibility we get, is what we’re looking for. So, we’re hoping it does grow eventually because if the event grows, it adds a commercial element to the university too. Some more students see us and more international students will be aware of what we do,” he added.
Oneal has lived in Salford his whole life and hopes to continue providing collaborations between the university and charity organizations in order to raise the necessary funds to assist those in need.
“We hope to do a few more events with Kidscan in the course of the coming year,” said Oneal.
All participants were offered free massages as well as mince pies and goody bags following the run.
Best Costume winner, Bethany Game (left), with her prize, a bottle of prosecco.
Rebecca Lamaitre, Sports Committee member, also helped establish this event. She shared her enthusiasm for the run’s festive theme.
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