Runners are getting in the pink for big charity event

PUBLISHED: 12:44 24 May 2007 | UPDATED: 15:06 12 May 2010

With only 10 days to go until the fourth annual Pink run/walk, participants have been stepping up their training for the three-mile course. The run/walk, in aid of Cancer Research UK, will begin at 11am on June 3 on Therfield Heath. Maurice Hill of the Ro

With only 10 days to go until the fourth annual Pink run/walk, participants have been stepping up their training for the three-mile course.

The run/walk, in aid of Cancer Research UK, will begin at 11am on June 3 on Therfield Heath.

Maurice Hill of the Royston Runners said: "Training is going very well. I took the group around the course this week.

"We started four years ago with only 40 people, but we have more than 500 entries so far for this year."

While Mr Hill was busy organising the day, The Crow found out how some of the participants were finding their preparations for the big event.

Christine Heald, wife of MP Oliver Heald, said: "The session that we had with Maurice this week was very helpful.

"I'm not doing anything dramatic, but it is good to get regular exercise. I'm getting into the swing of it now.

"I am looking forward to the day. I just hope the weather is good to us."

Mr Heald will be drawing the raffle before the race/walk starts.

Lynne Berry, for whom the charity is close to her heart, said: "Training is going well - we have been up and down those hills lots.

"My daughter will be taking part with me this year, so I'm looking forward to that."

Members of the Royston Runners, Nicky Maule and Danielle Wightman-Stone, are taking part to raise money for a good cause, and to keep fit.

Nicky said: "I'm feeling more prepared, it seems to be getting easier by the week.

"I'm looking forward to it. The buzz and atmosphere on the day keeps you going. Everyone is clapping and supporting you, and you can't stop then."

Member of the organising committee Michaela Huffer is hoping to match last year's total of £21,000.

She said: "With more than 500 entrants and so much support from local companies, we have a very good chance of raising a similar amount."

Training for the run/walk takes place on Tuesday at 6.30pm on Royston Heath.

For more information visit the website www.pinkribbonwalk.co.uk

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