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More than 200 Step Up 4 Good

Fun run boosts local good causes including new £4.5m cancer and renal unit

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More than 200 Step Up 4 Good

MORE than 200 family fun-runners and athletes braved the rain on Sunday to ‘Step Up 4 Good’ and raise money for local community projects.

Among the good causes that will benefit is the Rosemary Appeal, launched to fund the new £4.5m cancer and renal dialysis centre at West Berkshire Hospital.

The High Sheriff of Berkshire, Victoria Fishburn, officially opened the Greenham Common event, which was supported and organised by Greenham Common Trust.

The Mini Mile run got under way just as the heavens opened and eight-year-old Alex Berry stormed home to win in eight minutes and 58 seconds.

Everyone cheered as Martin Randall, who has physical disabilities, crossed the Mini Mile finish line with his dad Jeff.

He was awarded the Special Achievement Award by Greenham Common Trust director David Bailey.

Mark Apsey from Reading Road Runners completed the 10k course in 35 minutes and 46 seconds to take first place.

After completing the Mini Mile race, runner Samantha Berry said, on The Good Exchange website where she donated to The Rosemary Appeal: “After a fantastic, well-organised, family running event on Sunday (Step Up 4 Good) we felt we had to donate.”

Greenham Common Trust chief executive Chris Boulton said: “Despite the best efforts of the weather, we had a fantastic turnout of families and athletes who enjoyed this fantastic event.”

He thanked all the organisers and volunteers who made the event happen and urged people to continue to support the community projects on The Good Exchange website.

The inaugural Step Up 4 Good event was so successful it will be held again next year.

The official results can be seen in full at www.chipresults.co.uk

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