Simon Hughes MP was in Southwark Park on Sunday morning as the official starter of the Girls v Boys 5k run which is expected to raise £10,000 for Breast Cancer Campaign.
England rugby sevens star Chris Cracknell and fitness expert Sarah Maxwell captained teams of girls and boys for the fundraising 5k – and also led a warm-up for the 83 charity runners.
Simon Hughes, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, joined in the warm up and said: “I supported, and people ran Girls vs Boys, to remind others that more than half a million people in this country have breast cancer and 12,000 die from breast cancer every year. However by putting money into research there can be cure.
“We came [to Southwark Park] for a positive reason – to reduce the pain, reduce the anxiety and have a better future.”
The close-run race was ultimately won by the girls team who posted an average race time of 32 minutes and 13 seconds compared to the boys’ 37 minutes and 2 seconds.
A team of 20 young people and staff from Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey are taking on the adventure of a lifetime next weekend to climb the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales – within 24 hours.
Joining staff from Standard Chartered Bank, the gruelling challenge will see the team scale Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, and Snowdon in Wales to complete the renowned Three Peaks Challenge between Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May.
Despite the obvious challenges, Miranda Haslem, a Youth Worker at Salmon, is looking forward to it. She said: “We’re all very excited about it as none of us here at Salmon have done it before so it will be well out of our comfort zone. We’re lucky to have the experienced guys from Standard Chartered with us to guide the way!”
Also excited is 16 year old Jack Clayton, a young volunteer at Salmon. He said: “I was going to do the London Marathon this year until I found out I was too young for it, so I set myself a challenge to do this instead and raise money for Salmon along the way.
“I’ve been coming to Salmon since I was 14 and being here has really changed me a lot – I’ve developed skills such as timekeeping, team work and leadership which will help me in future for jobs. I’m looking forward to completing the challenge in under 24 hours – with some time to spare!”
The team is hoping to raise £10,000 to help fund Salmon’s work with disadvantaged young people. To find out more and to make a donation, please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/SCSquared