7 local runners lined up on Clarence Esplanade at the start of the 2019 Great South Run on Sunday, raising money for The Wight Brainy Bunch.
Wight Brainy Bunch provide emotional support and financial assistance to Isle of Wight families affected by the devastating effects of brain tumours. The charity was founded by Ryde firefighter Mark Grimes in 2015 following his own diagnosis of a brain tumour.
Despite recently undergoing a second operation to remove the tumour and 6 gruelling weeks of Radiotherapy that finished just 2 weeks ago, Mark was on the start line with fellow runners Rachel Grimes, Colin Richardson, Deb Joy, Gareth Driscoll, Sarah Maher and Jolene Hayward for the epic 10 mile course around Portsmouth.
Also running for The Wight Brainy Bunch were Trisha Dabell and James Chapman who entered the 5km race on Saturday, Savannah Smith in the 2.5km Junior Race, and Mark and Kathryn’s children Harry (5) and Oskar (9) who ran the Mini 1.5km Race. The young duo wanted to raise money for the charity themselves, in case Dad Mark wasn’t up to taking part this year.
Kathryn Grimes says:
“The Great South Run is always really important to us as this is where all our fundraising started in 2015, so we are always overwhelmed when people want to run with us. Our boys were desperate to be involved this year and set out to raise £100. They loved the race and doing their bit for the charity, and we couldn’t be prouder of them”.