Bury St Edmunds Race for Life postponed – but some do it anyway

Lauri Di-Giulio's Race for Life team, which completed a 5k walk after learning about the event's postponement on Sunday, June 26 ANL-160628-092110005
Lauri Di-Giulio's Race for Life team, which completed a 5k walk after learning about the event's postponement on Sunday, June 26 ANL-160628-092110005
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Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life event in Bury St Edmunds was postponed on Sunday due to safety concerns following heavy rain overnight.

Organisers made the decision just before 9am because the course at Nowton Park was waterlogged and four of six car parks had flooded.

The flooded course at Nowton Park

The flooded course at Nowton Park

The event has been rearranged for July 31 and anyone unable to take part can use their entry in another event.

Some participants, however, were eager to go ahead on Sunday and so improvised.

“We decided to do our own spur of the moment 5k to do what we promised our sponsors we’d do and justify the donations given,” said Lauri Di-Giulio, manager of Sunshine Corner Day Nursery, in Lakenheath, whose team of staff completed a route around Maids Cross Hill.

They also visited the cemetery where their friend, Julie Baker, who died of cancer earlier this year, was buried, making the day more poignant. Julie’s daughter, Kathleen, also joined them, helping to raise a team total of £1,184.

Lauren Cornish, 33, of Bury, ran her own 10k because she ‘is not a natural athlete’ and was determined to put her training to good use.

On Monday Abbots Green Primary School also held its own Race for Life event.