Relay for Life comes round yet again

Arbroath's Relay for Life Cancer Research launch took place at the AUCC ground on Friday evening. Alana Louden and Gail Bogue pictured with the flaming torch and some of the supporters looking.

Arbroath's Relay for Life Cancer Research launch took place at the AUCC ground on Friday evening. Alana Louden and Gail Bogue pictured with the flaming torch and some of the supporters looking.

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ONE OF Arbroath’s most successful charity events is set to return for a fifth year with a new woman at the helm.

The Arbroath Relay for Life, which takes place at Lochlands Park, home of Arbroath United Cricket Club, will be held on September 22 in aid of Cancer Research UK.

And this year Alana Loudon, from the Angus committee of the charity, will be the chair of the relay and the organising group behind the event.

Relay for Life is a 24-hour race which sees participants enter as teams so one team member can be on the track at all times.

This year’s relay runs from 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, to 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 23.

The event always starts with a special lap of the track by cancer survivors to show that cancer can be beaten.

It will be the first time that Alana will be in charge of the event after taking over from Gail Bogue who ran last year’s Relay for Life.

At the launch of the Relay for Life on Friday evening Gail handed over the baton to Alana, who will be joined by a brand new committee for this year’s event.

And now with most things in place, all Alana and the committee need now is for teams to sign up and take part.

She explained: “Relay for Life has been a great event and a great success since 2007.

“And now we need teams to sign up to take part.

“We would also really like to hear from survivors who open the Relay for Life with the survivors lap.

“We just want people to come out and raise money with family and friends and keep making it successful.

“And the cricket club is a great venue to do this.”

Most years the relay has a theme, with this year’s aptly being called ‘Best of British’ given the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the London 2012 Olympics.

And all participants are being encouraged to embrace the red, white and blue and celebrate all that is good about the country.

Any teams wanting to take part in Relay for Life 2012 should contact Alana on alanaloudon@hotmail.co.uk.