Students get fun run underway

Students from Northumberland College were on hand to support the first Race at Your Place event at Northumberlandia on Thursday.

Around 300 women took part in the 5km sponsored run to raise funds for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, with 40 volunteers from the college.

The Foundation Learning, Sport and Early Years students aged between 16 and 18 helped to set up the run and marshal the event.

The students were selected by event organisers, Northumberland Sport, an organisation that regularly works in partnership with Northumberland College on various sporting activities.

Simon Chalk, Programme Area Leader for Sport and Foundation Learning at Northumberland College said before thr event: “Our students are very proud to be supporting this event, especially when you consider that every hour, around two people are diagnosed with cancer in the North East.

“We wish the sponsored runners the best of luck in raising funds to support the work of doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research.”

For the volunteering students the experience gives them the opportunity to put skills developed through their studies into practice.

Doug Lowery, executive director for Northumberland Sport, said: “It was great to see so many women and girls turning out to help raise money for such a special cause.

“We hope that this will inspire more to utilise local opportunities to keep running and even tempt a few to join their local running clubs.

“I would also like to thank Stephanie Butland for starting the race.

“Stephanie who overcame her own battle with the disease inspired the event participants.

“I would also like to thank the small army of Sport Makers, many of whom were from Northumberland College and other event volunteers.

“Without volunteers this event could not have happened.”