Pounding the streets to raise charity cash

FELIXSTOWE: David Beckham, a gaggle of rather manly “WAGs”, a handful of cowgirls and dozens of young footballers were among the hundreds of people taking part in a charity fun run yesterday.

The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Felixstowe, was the 27th annual run held in the town and this year the main charity to benefit will be the Ipswich Head and Neck Cancer Support Group.

But dozens of other local and national charities and groups will see their coffers boosted by money collected by runners.

Running clubs, sports teams and families were all under the starter’s orders at 11am before town mayor Angel Goodwin set them on their way.

One of the youngest participants was six-year-old Jamie Webster, who was running alongside his friends from the 6th Felixstowe Scout Group.

Jamie, who goes to Fairfield Infant School, said he had not been troubled by Bent Hill, one of the toughest parts of the one-mile route.

He said: “It was quite easy for me because I’m very good at doing hills. We saw lots of people around the course. I was in front of most of my friends and I even beat some people that were 21.”

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Other runners were representing scout groups, dance schools and football teams.

About 40 children, parents and coaches were representing the Trimley Red Devils football team, with many of the dads dressed as comedy WAGs – wives and girlfriends of famous footballers.

Mark Davis, president of the Rotary Club of Felixstowe, said that with many years of experience behind them, the 40 or so volunteers marshalling the event and registering the runners had done a sterling job.

He also thanked businesses from the town for helping out on the day and the Spa Pavilion, which was used as a central base by the team.

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