Front runners eclipse their rivals in Race The Sun charity contest

ON COURSE: Rachel Holden, left, sets off from Laxey after the handover from her Team Ed team mate Judith Quayle

ON COURSE: Rachel Holden, left, sets off from Laxey after the handover from her Team Ed team mate Judith Quayle

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A CHARITY race in aid of The Children’s Centre attracted more than 200 runners.

Race the Sun, sponsored by the Mann Made Group, involves teams of up to 10 aiming to run 98 miles around the Raad ny Foillan coastal path between sunrise and sunset. The first runners set off from Peel promenade in the early hours of Saturday morning, with the runners on the final leg arriving back in Peel for the finish in the early evening.

Mark Eastham, adventure events fundraising coordinator at the Children’s Centre, said: ‘Race the Sun has raised over £40,000 since it began in 2008 with all funds going directly to supporting vulnerable children and young people in the Isle of Man through our Mobex project.

‘Funds are still coming in from this year’s race, but we hope it will raise around £10,000. Once again we would like to thank everyone who took part and in particular the many runners who raised funds through sponsorship.

‘We’re also very grateful to the Mann Made Group for generously supporting the race for the fourth year, and to the Up and Running store in Douglas for donating prizes for the winners of each leg of the run.’

The race was won by the Department of Education’s Team Ed in a time of 13 hours 18 minutes.

The Golden Shoe prize for the team which raised the most money went to the AXA squad, which collected more than £800.

The team result was as follows: 1, Team Ed (13:18.01); 2, Helios Heroes (13:50.41); 3, SMP (13:51.33); 4, Search and Select (13:52.13); 5, KPMG (14:09.05); 6, Team Thomas (14:27.23); 7, Keen But Mediocre (14:30.00); 8, Barclays (14:32.06); 9, NSC (14:38.15); 10, St Ninian’s High School Staff (14:45.59); 11, Poker Stars (14:54.17); 12, Running on MT (15:21.48); 13, Motorvation (15:31.34); 14, Temps IOM (15:35.56); 15, Big Bang Theory (15:43.36); 16, The DBC Lions (16:02.42); 17, Mann Made (16:17.18); 18, PWC (16:22.30); 19, Team Pippa (16:22.44); 20, The Children’s Centre (16:45.50).

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