New cancer event to raise profile

The Marlborough Cancer Society have a new event on the cards, with their first ever 10km sponsored run/walk coming up.

Society fundraiser Zoe Gray says that the idea behind the fun run is for them to have an event that runs on the alternate years to the Relay for Life.

"The Relay for Life is every second year so the 10km run/walk will be every second year too, so we have something on each year," she says.

They hope that it will also be a good catalyst for people looking to take part in the relay.

The 10km will be held on March 2 and start at Wither Hills winery outside Blenheim at 9am. The route will take the runners and walkers through the vineyard and onto the Taylor River Reserve, and then down the river to the Cancer Society Marlborough memorial garden near the Beaver Rd bridge.

"The route keeps right off the roads and will be very scenic - it's a great route to walk or run," says Zoe, who will be walking the route with her mum Rachel Burden. At the finish a brief memorial service will be held, similar to the one held at the Relay for Life.

Entry will be $5, but contestants are encouraged to use it as a fundraiser for the society. Finishers will get spoilt at the finish with a energy bar style cake made specially for the event by Boo-tea.

"We are still working out what other things we will have happening at the finish, but it is still early days. We are keen to get the word out now so that people can start preparing," Zoe says.

The Marlborough Express