More than 32,000 runners and walkers flooded to Bradfield Park on Sunday 22 September to take on the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival.
As one of thirty charity partners, the ACRF was humbled that 260 of those people were participating in support of cancer research. They were running in memory or support of loved ones, either tackling the challenge of the full or half marathons or enjoying the atmosphere and scenery of the shorter bridge and family funs.
Together, our amazing supporters have generated over $50,000 for cancer research in Australia and, as this was our first official experience at the Blackmores event, we are so very grateful for the dedication and massive support we have received!
ACRF supporter, James Robson was one of the highest fundraisers for the event, with over $10,800 in donations. James ran the full 42km marathon in support of his father who is currently fighting brain cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy back in the UK.
James told us, “There isn’t a lot I can do from 12,000 miles away but I’ve decided to take on the challenge of doing the Sydney marathon. [I want] to raise as much money as possible to help people who are in a similar position to Pop and to help eradicate this shocking disease!!”
Along with our inspirational team of runners we had 15 amazing people commit to an extremely early start to help out and volunteer for the big day!
Several ACRF staff as well as team members from Leighton, Lion, Deloitte and PwC, all showed up, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 5am to help with baggage collection and clean up at the starting line.
We’d like to thank all of our volunteers for their effort and dedication on the day! To our amazing runners and their families and friends, thank you for making us a part of your Blackmores campaign – we hope you had a memorable and most enjoyable day!