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Thousands turn out to cheer locals in the Great South Run
RUNNING: Carla Bunter, from near Sherborne, raced to raise funds for Starlight Children’s Foundation
FUNDRAISERS from Dorset ran alongside 30,000 others for the 12th annual Great South Run.
Thousands of bystanders cheered on the runners despite the chilly weather for the 10-mile event in Portsmouth last weekend.
Three friends from Weymouth took on the challenge to inspire others to take up sport and collected £600 between them for good causes.
Lucy Hallett, 33, finished in one hour 44 minutes and was raising money for Julia’s House children’s hospice.
She said: “It was amazing, the support out there was fantastic and the crowd really keeps you going.
“I wanted to raise money for Julia’s House because they help local children and I know a few people who use it.
“I thought it would be good to give to something local like that rather than a national charity.”
Michelle Sherratt, also 33, ran in one hour 31 minutes for Cancer Research UK.
She said she wanted to raise money for the charity as close family members had been affected by it.
She said: “Running would have been impossible before. I was nervous but excited.”
Kate Pearce, 32, ran for the British Heart Foundation after her father had heart surgery this year and she finished in one hour 35 minutes.
Another Dorset group ran in memory of local teenager David Langton-Gilks, known to friends as DD, who died in August aged 16 after battling a brain tumour for five years.
The 20-strong team, from Fontmell Magna, near Shaftesbury, collected £7,000 for charity campaign HeadSmart which raises awareness of brain tumour symptoms in children and young people.
Paul Beveridge, deputy head at Andrew’s Primary School in the village where David’s sister Holly is a pupil, said: “Having seen how much DD’s condition affected his family I just wanted to do something to raise awareness of brain tumours in children.
“The statistics are frightening for childhood brain tumours and being a father myself as well as working at a school, it is something we all need to be aware of.”
Lucy Knight, fundraising manager at The Brain Tumour Charity, who also ran for HeadSmart, praised Team David for the effort.
She said: “In the last few months of his life DD dedicated himself to promoting HeadSmart with inspirational courage and the team are not only helping raise awareness of the campaign but also raising money to help continue funding the campaign.”