After a successful inaugural event in 2016 the Sprintathon returned to Marlow on 16th September. The participants united to run a marathon in a giant sprint relay around Marlow athletics track to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.
The race got off to a flying start with GB under 20 champion Kristal Awuah running leg 1, and also taking part was cricketer Andrew Strauss who put in an impressive effort. The baton was brought home by cancer survivor Jimmy Hall (this year running with a blade) in a time of 1:51:01. This was narrowly slower than the time posted last year but still a lot quicker than the previous record of 1:56:54 set in 2015 in Limerick.
An added feature of the Sprintathon this year was a Showdown to find the fastest individual lap of the race – and congratulations go to the winners Lap 46 from Runners Retreat shop in Marlow.
Event organiser, Mark Evans said, “Not to forget this was about raising money to accelerate the fight against cancer, and it was fantastic to smash last year’s fundraising total. Right now we are approaching £30,000 with donations still coming in thick and fast.” You can still donate, simply visit www.justgiving.com/
Looking ahead there are big plans for the Sprintathon, including the possibility of a corporate competition to find the fastest business in the UK.
Well done to all participants, and the organisers for arranging such a fun event raising so much money!
Check out the Gallery below, provided by the organisers (photos taken by Mark Witherspoon and Jane Morgan)