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Runners step it up a GEAR for 10k in King's Lynn

The temperature may have dropped a few degrees since Sunday, but for many, the Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) in Lynn is still at the forefront of their minds thanks to their fantastic achievements.

Not only were personal bests smashed, but thousands of pounds were also raised for good causes across the region.

One of the beneficiaries was Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which had a number of teams fundraising for them.

Family and friends from Marshland St James ran as a thank you for the treatment which Leigh Arlington, 49, received after being diagnosed with breast cancer last September.

The group raised money online and had collection tins at the family business, Marshland Service Centre, and a supplier, Motor Parts Direct in Lynn.

Leigh said: “Everybody finished and had a lovely time – the atmosphere was fantastic.

“Our crowdfunding page is still open for a few more days. Once it’s added up we should have around the £3,000 mark.”

The money is going to the West Norfolk Breast Cancer Care Unit’s charitable fund.

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Five staff members formed Team QEH Diabetes who raised more than £1,700 for the diabetes charitable fund.

This helps pay for items for which there is no budget, such as continuous blood glucose monitoring equipment and external venues and resources for group support events.

Team member Stacy Metcalfe said: “It was very hot but we all managed to get round the course in times between 60 and 85 minutes.

“There was a great atmosphere on the day and the crowd helped with the last few kilometres.

“We have had so much great support both before the event and during the day and people have been so generous with their donations.

“On reflection, I think we may all have secretly enjoyed it and we may even be tempted to run again next year.”

Sisters Emily Ballantyne, 12, Callie-May Edwards-Ballantyne, 11, and Lily Edwards-Ballantyne, 8, raised about £150 for the Wheely Big Appeal to fund the purchase of 30 new indoor wheelchairs.

The Lynn trio completed the 1.2-mile course in 11mins 28 secs.

Mum Nicola Ballyntyne said the conditions proved to be no problem for the girls.

“They got on absolutely fine and were really pleased with themselves. They supported each other and had a lot of people cheering them on,” she added.

A QEH spokesman said they are grateful for all fundraisers’ efforts.

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