1,200 runners hit the streets for Louth Run For Life

The chairman of Louth Run For Life has praised runners and volunteers for getting involved in yet another fantastic event this year - with over 1,200 runners helping to raise over £40,000 for charity.

Louth Run for Life. Women's 5K event

The event, now in its 14th year, was held on Sunday (June 30) in glorious weather.

Chairman of the Louth Run For Life Committee, Simon West, said: “What an amazing day we had on Sunday.

“I truly hope you all enjoyed it - that’s why we put the event on.

Louth Run for Life. Women's 5K event. L-R Julie Jenkins with her daughter Acacia Sewell.

“We had great weather yet again. The amount of people who took part never ceases to amaze me as well as the spectators who turn out in numbers to cheer and clap.

“Over 1,200 participants pounded the streets of Louth.

“The event cannot happen without marshals and volunteers. We had over 70 people who gave up their time to cheer you around the course and make sure you were all safe, with only a handful of people needing minor first aid treatment .

“I’m pleased to say I have had amazing comments back about our marshals and that makes me extremely proud.

Louth Run for Life. Women's 5K event. ETHV Ladies.

“Thanks to you all - you deserve a big pat on the back.”

Simon continued: “I am always pleased when I see the last runner cross the line and it has happened without any major incident.

“This can only be done with months of hard work and planning from a small group of local volunteers who are on the committee.

“They work tirelessly behind the scenes in the weeks and months leading up to race day.

Louth Run for Life. Men's 5k event. L-R Shaun Deekens and Daryl Brocklebank.

“I am extremely proud of you all. You make my job as chairman a lot easier!”

Simon added his thanks to the dozens of volunteers and sponsors who helped make this year’s event a big success once again.

Simon said: “Thank you to the ever present Rick Howell for providing the music / PA, Donna Royle Maher for getting you all warmed up ready for running, and the Mayor of Louth, Councillor Francis Treanor, for standing all day in full regalia in the heat cheering the runners home.

“Thanks to Harry Parkhill from BBC Radio Lincolnshire for being our compère.

Louth Run for Life. Men's 5k event.

“Thanks to Colorgrafix for doing finish line photographs- they will be available to buy for £3 each, with all proceeds going to our total.

“Thanks to our main sponsors Lovelles Estate agents for their continued support, as well as all of our other sponsors who support this event.

These include:

• Batemans Brewery

• Bridge McFarland

• BG Solicitors

• C&R Removals

• Parkway Cinema

• Kenwick News

• Spar - Mercer Row

• Louth Town Council

• Louth Sports Association

• Pink Skip Co

• Magna Vitae

• Thompson & Smith

• Bostock Scaffolding

• Forman’s

• Foxhall Plant Hire

• St John’s Ambulance

• Hitomi White

• Nice ‘n’ Toastie

• C & J Ices

• Morrisons

Simon continued: “A special thanks goes to the Lacey Gardens school sports ambassadors who helped to issue goodie bags, as well as the Louth Brownies who helped with the packing of goodie bags .

“I would also like to thank Ben Petts from Cancer Research UK for his help and guidance with our event.

“A big thank you goes to Sharon Davies from the Kings Head for putting on a great line up of bands at the after run party - a great time for everyone to unwind.”

Next year’s event will take place on Sunday June 28.

• Pick up this week’s newspaper for four pages of pictures from the event.