09 JUN 2014

Sports Minister Helen Grant presents prizes at Maidstone Riverbank fundraiser run

Sunday 8th June 2014, Maidstone Kent: Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone & the Weald and Minister for Sport, joined a merry band of fundraisers on the riverbank in Maidstone to welcome almost 150 runners home this Sunday.

It was the third year of the Maidstone Riverside Run, a fundraiser for Cancer research organised by Staplehurst resident Caron Holden. It is in memory of her mother, Sandra Briffa, who lost her own fight with the disease in 2010. The run raised £3000 last year and it is hoped that they will exceed that in this year's event.

This race is very different from most runs as it starts with a train journey from Maidstone to Wateringbury and competitors run the 8.6k riverside path back from there, finishing in Maidstone town Centre.

Helen Grant said:

"Caron's event is a marvellous example of communities working together, having really healthy fun and raising much needed money for charity. I was delighted to come along and I was so pleased for everyone involved that the weather was utterly glorious".

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