Preston, Leyland and Penwortham runners join Great North Run for Rosemere Cancer Foundation

Posted on - 29th September, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fulwood, Leyland, Penwortham, People, Preston News, Proud Preston, South Ribble Locations
Phil and Becky Benton, Bernie Unsworth, Dan Hill, Dani Blundell, Jacob Knowles, Mark Tipping, and Roger Clark

A team of Preston, Leyland and Penwortham runners have raised £10,000 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.


The amount was raised after a team of 15 Lancashire fundraisers took on the 13.1-mile Great North Run this month.

Among those from the Preston area was Cottam’s Mark Tipping. Mark puts on an annual Christmas light show for the charity. He ran the Great North Run with friend Roger Clark of Preston, and they raised £2,000.

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Penwortham’s Phil Benton and his daughter-in-law Becky were also part of the team. Last year, Phil cycled 980 miles on a static bike in his spare room – the distance between Land’s End and John O’Groats – to raise funds for Rosemere during lockdown.

The other local team members were Jacob Knowles, Sean Kemplay, Dani Blundell of Leyland, and oncology nurse Bernie Unsworth, of Adlington. They were joined by Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s chief officer Dan Hill, who ran a personal best time of 1:44:58.

Dan said: “I’d like to thank all the team for taking part. We will hopefully be awarded a quota of spaces for 2022’s Great North Run, so if anyone is inspired to give it a go, please get in touch with us for a place.”

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Entry was via a ballot for most runners, as the event is always oversubscribed. It was guaranteed for all Lancashire team members as Rosemere was awarded a quota of free places for those willing to be sponsored to run on its behalf.

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