Katherine Joy

Forget what you know about quiet Marlow life.  On Saturday 16th September at 2pm rivals across town will be locking lycra in the ultimate race.  Last year, 422 runners smashed the world marathon record with a time of 1:46:26, raising £25,000 for Stand Up To Cancer www.sprintathon.org  This year the Sprintathon team are taking it up a notch and thanks to sponsors Clear Channel and SAS, all involved are planning to smash last year’s fantastic results as 105 teams of four, compete against each other for ultimate bragging rights. They will be raising funds for Stand Up To Cancer, a joint national fundraising campaign delivered by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.


The new team competition element will see the fastest lap team win the highly-prized Sprintathon Showdown trophy.   Places are filling up fast but there is still a chance for teams to sign up and challenge another team to a head-to-head duel.   Opportunities to win include being the fastest as well as raising the most cash for vital cancer research.  See the trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-vVl8Q0BEw


All you need to do is to find four people who are reasonably quick over 100m and willing to pay £5 each to enter. You can sign-up here - https://www.racesonline.uk/race-entry/sprintathon/


Launched in the UK in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer funds translational research, accelerating new cancer treatments and tests for UK patients to ultimately save more lives.


Mark Evans, Sprintathon creator, said: “Cancer is not going away any time soon and unfortunately we lost another family member to the disease since the last Sprintathon. This year Marlovians will attempt to beat the marathon record that we set (1:46:26), as well as the 1 hour distance team relay record (we were 300m short last year). 

“Whether you are a butcher, a baker or a candlestick maker, the new Sprintathon Showdown trophy is the perfect way for businesses to join in the bonkersness and challenge their rivals to a duel, whilst helping to raise crucial funds for cancer research. We also have Google and Facebook battling to be the fastest internet giant in the UK to add extra spice to the occasion.” 


Jimmy Hall, bone cancer survivor, Marlow resident and star of the 2016 Sprintathon added:“I can’t wait to take part again.  Please show your support and donate as much as you can since cancer still has us on the run.”


Charles Senabulya, Vice President and Country Manager at SAS UK & Ireland, a sponsor of the event, said: “SAS has been a part of the Marlow community for many years, and we are delighted to add our support to Mark and such a worthwhile cause. We wish all the teams and runners the best of luck on the day.”


How can I support The Sprintathon?

Donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sprintathon2017 or To donate £10 textSPRINT10 to 70404* 


* +1 std rate message. UK mobiles, age 16+ only. Please ask bill payer’s permission. 100% of your donation goes to Cancer Research UK in support to the Stand Up To Cancer campaign. Read our terms and conditions at:  www.standuptocancer.org.uk/information/terms-and-conditions#text

Cancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464) and Scotland (SC041666).

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