Womens Cancer Challenge

It’s proved to be yet another success as the seventh Womens Cancer Challenge brought together over 500 island females to run, walk or stroll the 5k Castle Grounds route in aid of Cancer Research UK.

On Saturday, May 18th, the Lews Castle College was the place to be for ladies wish to raised funds for the Lewis branch of this vital charity.



Event organisers, Tony and Kirsty Wade, said: “Although the weather could have been kinder, we were thrilled to get over 500 entries again – it was an amazing human ribbon of pink which circled the Creed mouth in the Castle Grounds on Saturday!

“We also had our first gorilla taking part, and our first fairies, and with everyone really getting into the spirit of the Challenge, it was quite a day all round!”

First across the finishing line on Saturday – in an impressive time of 22 minutes – was Marina Murray; and title of the youngest participant went to six-week old Seumas Read who enjoy snoozing round the course in his pram while mum Melissa did all the hard work.

To date over £64,500 has been raised by the Womens Cancer Challenge for the Lewis branch of Cancer Research UK – and with this year’s monies still coming in, it’s hoped 2013 will again prove a great-fun money maker.

Tony and Kirsty added: “We’d like to thank the Lews Castle College and staff, The Stornoway Trust, David Morrison and Isles FM, and Morag MacDonald for her fantastic artwork in designing the very eye-catching t-shirts.

“Also on the thank-you list are Hebridean Hygiene; Lewis Sports Centre staff; Harris Tweed Authority; Grillburger; British Red Cross; Stornoway Golf Club and the Lewis branch of Cancer Research UK.

“And of course a huge thank-you to all the Stewards without whom the event just wouldn’t be possible!”