Fourth MABS Murcia Race for Life is a Huge Hit

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As the day dawned for the fourth annual MABS Murcia Race for Life, clouds were very much in evidence, but that didn't deter more than 250 people from arriving in Los Alcázares to take part. Before the start, a minute's silence was observed at 11.00 am in remembrance of all those who have fought and died for their country. The clouds lifted, the sun peeped out and the race for life participants were sent on their way to walk, run or stroll along the 3 kilometre promenade route. People arrived from all around the Murcia and Valencia regions, with some making it a family outing and bringing the dog along too. Many arrived in pink attire or fancy dress, including a rather fetching Spanish chicken, who arrived with her team of friends from Dolores de Pacheco. Other teams included MABS Murcia NW volunteers from Cegehin, King's College of La Torre, Gea y Truyols Slimmers from the Valle del Sol, Spangles Ladies' Chorus from Los Alcázares, and the Running Wild team from La Zenia. First man over the finish line was Marcus Fernandez, first lady was Ingrid Patterson, first child was Travis Preston, who has been first for the past three years and the first young lady on rollerblades was Zoe Bond, who has raised over 150 Euros in sponsorship already. Various pooches accompanied their owners and the first one over the line was Jake, owned by Sue Bengtsson. Exite Radio and various stallholders helped to give the race finish area a festive feel and many stayed on to enjoy a social drink and a chat. "This is one of our main annual fundraising events" said MABS Director, Lyn Baines "and we're so grateful to all who have turned out to support us today. Everyone has made such an effort to arrive on a Sunday morning, create a great atmosphere and collect sponsorship money for us. Thanks must also go to all the MABS volunteers who have been here since the crack of dawn to organise such a great event." more…../ Sponsorship money will be coming in over the next 2-3 months, but MABS estimates that they will have raised around 5,000€ from the day. They would also like to thank the sponsors of the event: DFS Furniture and Time Out Sports Bar in San Javier, Xpress Print & Design of El Trampolin, and Construcciones Gallardo in Cehegin. MABS Murcia is a registered charity (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call our HELPLINE 693 275 779 or visit their website:


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Photographs of the event are here: MABS Murcia Race for Life 2011

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