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Barns Green event benefits Royal Marsden

Athletics –

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is the official charity of this year’s Barns Green Half Marathon.

Runners will go through the picturesque grounds of Christ’s Hospital School on Sunday, September 30.

Pupil Miles McCulloch is in remission and back at the school after four months of intensive and specialised chemotherapy at the Royal Marsden. While he was in hospital, other pupils decided to raise money for the Marsden by running ‘Miles for Miles’.

The charity funds pioneering projects so the Royal Marsden in Chelsea and Sutton can provide world-class treatment and care for 40,000 cancer patients each year and continue its ground-breaking research.

Race director Vernon Jennings said: “We are delighted to have the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity as our official charity this year. To hear the story of Miles McCulloch and the great support that he received is truly inspiring.

“The work that the Royal Marsden does is invaluable and we hope that everyone who takes part in this year’s race, or comes along to cheer on the runners, will support this wonderful charity.”

The 30th half marathon will take place a month earlier than usual, so as to avoid a clash with the Great South Run and to improve the chances of good weather.

Last autumn, almost 1,500 entrants of various abilities ran around the lanes of Barns Green, Itchingfield, Christ’s Hospital and close to Southwater, through some of the most scenic countryside in West Sussex.

About £12,000 was raised through the 2011 race. All of this money has been distributed to charities, groups, youth and sports clubs in and around the village who helped stage the race.

The event was started in 1982 by Barns Green Football Club, to raise money for Muntham School when the school allowed the club to use floodlit facilities for training.

It has been held every year since, except 1987 when part of the course was blocked by fallen trees after the great storm.

For more information on the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, visit www.royalmarsden.org

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