Riverside College and Cronton Sixth Form recently came together to raise money for Cancer Research UK, hosting a Race for Life event at Victoria Park in Widnes.
Hundreds of staff and students from both colleges took part in the event, running 5 kilometres around the park.
Prior to the race, participants wrote down the reasons why they are taking part. Reasons included losing a loved one to cancer, or personal battles with the condition. These reasons were then worn by the runners during the race, or displayed on a wall in the College foyer.
In the end the race was won by two runners who crossed the line at the same time, good friends Adam Maddison and Michael Jenions who both study the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering course at Cronton Sixth Form. Both were inspired to run for family members affected by cancer.
Race winners Adam Maddison and Michael Jenions
Following the race, each participant was given a Race for Life medal to mark their achievement. Everton FC legend Pat Van Den Hauwe was the special guest for the evening and presented the awards with senior College staff members. A barbecue also took place to celebrate the achievements.
Everton FC Legend Pat Van Den Hauwe presents the Race for Life medals
Along with accepting cash donations at both colleges, a Just Giving page was set up online. So far, an incredible amount of over £3200 has been raised in total through the event, with donations still coming in.
College Enrichment Officer and event organiser, Joe Clements said, “The event has been a big success and we have raised a fantastic amount of money for Cancer Research UK. Thank you to everybody who took part and made donations, and a special thank you to Pat Van Den Hauwe for presenting the medals, everybody was very excited to meet him. We are looking forward to organising another race next year!”