On a glorious summer morning, Team Mind Over Cancer undertook the Sandringham 5k Run and Half Marathon to raise funds for our fantastic charity. And what a day, a brilliant turnout meant that we raised over £4,000 and had a great opportunity to increase the awareness of our mission, in our home of East Anglia. Our Trustee Steve Walder wrote the following report of the day;
What better on a sunny Fathers Day than undertaking a 5k run with your kids. Amongst fellow Trustees and supporters of our beloved charity, all great friends, we all drove to the Queen’s winter retreat to support Mind Over Cancer.
After a shockingly early start we arrived at a cool but bright Sandringham Estate to be met by a brilliant number of Mind Over Cancer shirt-wearing runners, giggling through the organised warm up exercises. Having not visited Sandringham House previously it was a pleasure to run past and through the grounds on one of the finest courses imaginable, it is such a quiet and unspoilt part of the countryside, no wonder the Royal Family choose to decorate their Christmas tree here.
All with differing abilities everyone enjoyed getting round the route successfully, we were all helped and encouraged by fellow runners and powered by tea and chatter.
It was such a joy for me to race a 5k event with my daughter for the first time and on Fathers Day, I was full of emotion. Her sense of fun and enthusiasm for the challenge is so inspiring and her competitive spirit carried her to an impressive time.
Having spent 2 years helping the inspirational Susie Shaw get this off the ground, almost entirely on a remote basis with my fellow trustees, being able to spend the day with and to thank all those involved in making the Charity a success, in person, was a real boost for all of us. And what support we had, wonderful to see so many people giving up their time. Thanks so much to everyone who came from far away to take part in the event and those who supported the runners.
The day ended with a group photo and a strong commitment to increase our presence and reduce our finish times at next year’s event.