Organisers are ‘overwhelmed’ at participation

Just a handful of the survivors who take part
Just a handful of the survivors who take part

Organisers of this year’s Cancer Research Relay for Life at Bladnoch Park have been so overwhelmed with participants that they have decided to close registration early.

With 33 teams signed up to take part in the local leg of an internationally-popular event which requires 24-hour dedication from teams, this is proving to be the biggest the region has seen to date.

Andwith over £32,000 already banked towards Cancer Research UK, organisers are keeping quiet on the money front from now until 11am on Sunday, 7 July when the final total will be announced.

Anne Barclay, volunteer Chair of the Relay, said: “We’re absolutely astounded by the response to this year’s Relay to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and as a result, for the first time ever, we’re having to close registrations early to make sure we can get everyone on the track and ensure a safe event, which is a wonderful position to be in.”

Cancer survivors play a special role in the event, which this year is on 6 and 7 July, and lead the opening lap of Relay. A dedicated marquee is provided for survivors and caregivers to relax in and enjoy refreshments.

Stalls will surround the track throughout the Saturday, helping towards the event’s fundraising.