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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Challenge raises thousands for Cancer Research


* Organisers and participants of the 2nd Llangollen Round Challenge in aid
of Cancer Research UK. Photo: Barrie Potter. 

ORGANISERS are hoping to have raised over £25,000 from the recent 2nd Llangollen Round Challenge in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Over the last weekend in May a total of 342 participants set out from Dinas Bran Leisure Centre – 216 of them aiming to complete 35 miles in one day and the rest aiming to finish 17 miles over two days.  

Weather conditions on the Saturday were perfect for the event - sunny but not too hot - and ideal for scenic views and photography.  
Star of the one-day competitors was local man Steve Stockdale who ran the route in an impressive seven hours, 52 minutes.  

The two-day walkers completed their walk at the Ponderosa at a more leisurely pace.
On the Sunday, after a night of rain, wind and power cuts, the intrepid walkers set out again and only two of them did not finish. 

At the leisure centre organisers also had use of Ysgol Dinas Bran’s restaurant where light snacks were laid on for walkers and supporters.  
All the walkers who returned were awarded medals and certificates.

Sandra Woodhall, chairman of Llangollen Committee of Cancer Research UK, said: “We would like to thank the school and leisure centre for providing the facilities for the event.  
“We would also like to thank all those who helped on the day, those manning the restaurant, marshalls on car park duty, road crossings, those on checkpoints and the sweepers. 

“Finally we thank all in the centre for making sure the whole operation ran smoothly. 
“It was a long, busy but satisfying weekend and we hope to raise a large sum from sponsorship for Cancer Research UK.”

She added: “We have no idea of the final amount raised but are hoping it will be well over £25,000. 
“Sponsor money is still coming in and we will probably not have the final figure for a couple of months.”

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