Party theme as Portsmouth’s Relay for Life marks its 15th year

ON THE MOVE Runners at last year's Relay for Life
ON THE MOVE Runners at last year's Relay for Life
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HUNDREDS of cancer survivors and their friends and families will take to the running track for charity.

Cancer Research UK’s annual 24-hour Relay for Life takes place at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth on Saturday and Sunday.

It will see scores of men, women and children, team up and take it in turns to complete laps of the track to raise money to help beat cancer.

And this year’s event is a special one as it will be the 15th time it has taken place in the city– making it the longest running relay in the country.

Participants will be embracing the party theme by wearing fancy dress including clown outfits.

Sarah Gilmour, from the relay’s events committee, said: ‘Cancer Research’s Relay for Life in Portsmouth is the longest-running relay in the country – something we’re very proud of and think should be celebrated.’

The event starts on Saturday at midday and will kick off with a special tribute to the cancer survivors taking part, who will do a lap of honour.

At dusk, the candle of hope ceremony will take place. Lights will be dimmed and music will fill the air as candles are lit – each one dedicated in celebration of a cancer survivor or in memory of someone who has lost their life to cancer. Last year’s event saw 300 people take part and help raise nearly £55,000.

There is still time to sign up to the relay.

To do so call 0871 6412602 or visit cancerresearchuk.org/relay/venues/portsmouth/

Cancer Research UK prefers people to register in teams of between eight and 15 people. But if you don’t have the numbers, you can be added to existing teams.

Members of the public can also pop down to the Mountbatten Centre over the weekend and support those taking part – or even take on a lap or two themselves.