Runners and walkers Light Up The City!
Some 450 runners and 320 walkers lit up the streets of Canterbury with reflective, bright and flashing clothing on Saturday 20th October, for Pilgrims Hospices Light Up The City 3k walk and 5k run.
You can view lots of photographs of the night on our flickr gallery. Can you spot yourself? We hope you all had a great night!
The route started and finished at Dane John Gardens, passing the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Cathedral, the Westgate Towers and the city walls. Light Up The City was open to all ages and all levels of fitness – with supporters, sponsors, runners and walkers turning out in full force in fancy dress and sparkling attire.
This was the second time Light Up The City has been held and this formed part of the hospices 30th anniversary celebrations. Many runners and walkers were taking part in memory of a loved one, such as the Landman family who won the best team fancy dress. They were walking in memory of their wife and mum, Valerie, who died at Pilgrims Hospice Canterbury in September.
Teams were encouraged to get involved this year – with event sponsors, Furley Page arriving in pink flamboyant style, and Superior Care in Whitstable and members of martial arts group, Matt Fiddes, all taking part to support Pilgrims Hospices. The run was led by The Running Outlet’s Grant Twist, who came back in pole position.
Compering for the night was ex-Kent cricketer, Ben Trott, assisted by former Olympians, Sean Kerly – hockey pundit, and triple-jumper Michelle Robinson. Everyone got a chance to wear Sean’s medals and also hold the Olympic torch, which was provided by torch-bearer, Giles Seaford, sports development officer at Canterbury City Council. The torch was guarded by members of Matt Fiddes martial arts group.
The Lord Mayor, Cllr Robert Waters, Lady Mayoress, Sally Pickersgill and Sheriff of Canterbury Heather Taylor judged the fancy dress and started the walk alongside Michelle Robinson. The fancy dress prizes were supplied by local retailer, The Running Outlet, Military Fitness Academy and the childrens’ prizes were donated by Morgan Sindall.
Deborah Kellond, Regional Fundraising Manager for Pilgrims Hospices, said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of people who took part in this second year event and who were not deterred by the rain.
“It was a wonderful atmosphere and I am absolutely delighted people embraced the spirit of the night and dressed up in their brightest outfits. The sight of hundreds of people moving along the city walls in flashing neon, was one to behold. A huge thanks to everyone who supported the event and made it possible – it was genuinely a team effort.
“Thank you also to our sponsors, Furley Page, Military Fitness Academy and The Running Outlet as well as the Forest of Blean Rotary Club who marshalled the route so efficiently!
“As always with these events, it is a little too early to tell how much money we have raised as sponsorship money does take a while to come in but an early figure is a minimum of £6,500. People have been very generous taking part in our events during our 30th anniversary year and Light Up The City was no exception.”
If you took part in this year’s Light up the City event and would like to give us some feedback, please click on this link to answer some simple questions. The survey should only take a few minutes. Please email Deborah.Kellond@pilgrimshospices.org once you have completed it to go into our prize draw to win a Training Assessment with Gerry Reilly of Run & Race www.runandrace.com