Best foot forward as hundreds join Relay for Life

Some of the participants

Some of the participants

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There was laughter tinged with sadness as more than 400 people took part in an emotional Relay for Life around the National Sports Centre.

The 24-hour relay started at midday on Saturday with a lap of honour by cancer survivors and patients.

Teams of between eight and 15 people took part in a range of themed laps including Hawaiian, ‘Superheroes fight back’, rock stars through the ages and a pink and purple conga.

Among those taking part were friends and family of Lucy Callow, who lost her battle against cancer earlier this month at the age of just 20.

Lucy, who married her sweetheart Nick Callow last year in a moving ceremony at her hospital bedside at Noble’s Hospital, took part that same year in the fourth annual Relay for Life event.

On Saturday, there was a chance to find out more about Cancer Research UK at an awareness stand run by one of the charity’s senior research nurses, Sarah Peach.

As the sun set, there was an emotional candle of hope ceremony, where people gathered to pay tribute to those whose lives have been affected by cancer.

The target was to raise £65,000 for Cancer Research UK. All the funds raised in the Isle of Man go directly to cancer research in centres that treat Isle of Man-based patients.

The island event was one of more than 6,000 relays that took place worldwide for Cancer Research UK.

Last year, 33 teams took part here, smashing a £50,000 target to raise more than £63,000.

For two pages of photos, see this week’s Isle of Man Examiner. It’s in the shops now.

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