A hearty run for fun
FUN runners gathered at a beautiful location to raise money in memory of loved ones.
Around 300 people took part in this year's Healthy Heart 5k Fun Run and fun fair at Plympton's Saltram House yesterday, organised in partnership by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), the YMCA and the National Trust.
This was the second year the event has taken place and funds were to be split with 50 per cent going to BHF's national Mending Broken Hearts Appeal with the other 50 per cent being given to YMCA Plymouth's cardiac rehabilitation fund.
Seven runners from Whitleigh dressed as super heroes in honour of their friend Bob Polson who died after suffering a heart attack, one year and one day before the race.
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Antony Mason, dressed as He-Man, said his 68-year-old friend had already supported BHF after he had a heart by-pass.
The 38-year-old said: "I feel honoured to be running for him. He died on the Saturday just gone, last year, so it's even more poignant."
He was accompanied by friends dressed as Cat Woman, Wonder Woman, Super Janner – donning a green mask and a Devon flag, Robin Hood and Storm.
Four Plymouth University cheer leaders, Plymouth Storm, cheered on fundraisers.
Lesley Brown of the group, said: "We just wanted to come along and support this event."
Race organiser Tony Fuqua who set-up YMCA Plymouth's cardiac rehabilitation, said he hoped the race would raise around £10,000 this year.
"We are working in partnership with the British Heart Foundation and National Trust to do good work across the city."
Fellow race organiser Mark Rawles added: "This is a fantastic event and we would like to thank the volunteers without whom we couldn't do it."
Owen Penny of BHF thanked all the generous benefactors who had taken part, such as Chris Marshall who works for HellermannTyton in Plymouth and had raised £1,000 to be match-funded by his employer.
He said: "The event has been bigger this year with more stall holders and runners. As long as we increase year-on-year we are happy."