Race for Life: Grandfather makes sure runners keep their cool - pictures

Race for Life: Grandfather makes sure runners keep their cool - pictures

Competitors ready to take on the heat in the Race for Life.

Colin Jennings helped keep runners cool.

Ready to run were Hereford trio Trish Gaudion, Noma Dabengwa and Leah Eager.

Tesco staff Becky Rigney, Sarah Edwards, Diane Edwards, Julie Perkins, Holly Mole and Kate Sinnott raised £1,000.

Mick's Chicks were Katie Nash, Kerry Nash, Kerry Jones, Dawn Williams and Clare Roberts.

Mandy Robins, Julie Robins and Kate Holford are ready to run.

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A GRANDFATHER was the unlikely hero at Hereford’s Race for Life.

Many of the hundreds of women taking part in Sunday’s annual event were feeling the effects of the soaring summer temperatures.

But help was on hand from Colin Jennings – whose garden backs on to the five kilometre track inside the city’s racecourse.

Using initiative – and an extra long hose – the 76-year-old ensured that all 1,821 female entrants helping Cancer Research UK were hydrated by spraying water from his Highmore Street garden.

“I kept the hose on from the moment they started until they finished,” said Colin.

“I thought about it the day before because it was so hot.

“There were areas for those that did not want to get wet, but I think about 99 per cent took on some water.

“They did the hard work though, including bringing in money, whereas my part was easy.”

Colin’s efforts were certainly appreciated by the women battling the elements.

“He kept his hose spraying over his fence for everyone until the end, which was much appreciated in that heat,” said Kirsty Pye.

Debbie McCauley added that Colin was “a hero”, while Becci Ann Carpenter said he was “amazing”.

Kelly Rumble, event manager for Race for Life in Hereford, thanked everyone who took part and reminded participants to return sponsorship money as soon as possible.

“Many people don’t realise that their entry fee only covers the cost of staging the event, it’s the sponsorship money that really makes a difference” she said.

“The money local people raise through Race for Life is crucial because it means we can go on supporting the pioneering work of doctors, nurses and scientists who are fighting cancer on all fronts.

“With help from the people of Hereford, we intend to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”

Participants can return sponsorship money by calling 08456 006050 or by visiting racefor life.org/returnsponsorship.

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6:11pm Thu 18 Jul 13

mizza21 says...

How very thoughtful.
I am sure all those women really appreciated having a wet T-Shirt in such hot conditions. It's a very efficient way to cool off.

Had I known I would have ensured I was there to observe Mr Jennings efforts and help him if his arm got tired.
It would have been nice to have a few photos of the competitors cooling off in their freshly wetted T-Shirts HT so we could see just how helpful Mr Jennings had been.
How very thoughtful. I am sure all those women really appreciated having a wet T-Shirt in such hot conditions. It's a very efficient way to cool off. Had I known I would have ensured I was there to observe Mr Jennings efforts and help him if his arm got tired. It would have been nice to have a few photos of the competitors cooling off in their freshly wetted T-Shirts HT so we could see just how helpful Mr Jennings had been. mizza21
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