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.