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Fun run success

Hundreds of runners made their way around the cold, but bright, Ely Festive 5K on Sunday 22 November, after every place for the charity fun run was snapped up ten days before the event.

Among the speedy winners, imaginatively named teams, Christmas songs and wonderful fancy dress outfits, were those with their own special and very personal reasons for taking part, including Clare Clark whose mum was cared for by the hospice in 2011.

Clare said: 'I felt we had to do something for Arthur Rank Hospice after they cared for mum. At my 40th Birthday in 2012, I asked for donations instead of presents. After I lost three stone ahead of my brother’s wedding and took up running I wanted to do something more and find a new fitness goal, so when the email came through about Arthur Rank’s Ely Festive 5K that was perfect. I could run in memory of my mum.'

Clare’s mum, Ann Walker, received care from the hospice after she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2010. Her husband, Clare’s father, had passed away in 1997 at the age of 52 after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. Clare explains that both her parents believed – despite what their family and health professionals said – that going to a hospice was the same as giving up.  

Clare says her mum’s opinion changed after she spent some time at Arthur Rank Hospice: 'Mum was bright and cheerful and wanted to know all about our holiday and was delighted to see her grandchildren. We had lots of banter in the coffee area Mum was more confident and like the head of the family again. She told me how she had meals in the dining area, had been involved in activities and had even gone to a support group. I wheeled her around and she knew everybody’s name and obviously felt at home. It was like she had relaxed again. She had some of her confidence back and felt safe.

'I felt very emotional finishing the run because I did it for mum. I know she would be very proud of my determination and courage this year. My parents had thought that hospices were places for dying but mum was able to see that they help you to live. I will always be grateful for the care and support mum got there.'

Congratulations to those who won trophies on the day including Celia Patterson as Batgirl for Best Fancy Dress Outfit, fastest child George Collier in 22:24, fastest man Ben Morris in 18:38 and fastest woman Ruth Jones in 19:45. Arthur Rank Hospice charity would like to thank all those who took part in the event and all those businesses and individuals who helped make it a success.

Total funds raised by Ely Festive 5K will be announced in due course.

Image: Clare Clark with the Mayor of Ely Cllr Lis Every at the start and finish line before the event

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