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Join the fun at the finish line of Clifftop Challenge 2018 in aid of Breast Cancer Now

By Eleanor Perkins

Families are invited to pack a picnic and cheer runners across the finish line at the fifth annual Clifftop Challenge in aid of Breast Cancer Now.

The popular event which returns to Walmer Green on Saturday, June 16 is set to be organiser Chantele Rashbrook's most successful yet with 350 runners taking part.

Athletes who have chosen from a variety of starting points along the coastline, including an impressive 55-mile option from Hastings, are expected to come in along the promenade from noon.

Runners will cross the finish line on Walmer Green from around noon.
Runners will cross the finish line on Walmer Green from around noon.

Other distances include a 36-mile option from Appledore, 26-miles from Lympne Castle, a 15-mile course from Capel le Ferne, a 10-mile one from Dover seafront and a five-mile distance from St Margaret’s.

As competitors cross the line to applause from the crowds plus congratulatory messages from compere Kevin Daly, entertainment and fundraising will be in full flow.

There will be food and drinks from Lillyroo’s, Burger Bros, Authentique Wines and GinSane, plus music from the Rock Choir, Live 'n' Kicking and The Kingsdown Band.

There will be a raffle with prizes including day trips, vouchers plus a signed clothing by Irish rock band The Script.

The RMA Club will also be open offering a charity wristband service for use of their toilets.

People can bring their own tables and chairs or book a seat in front of the band.

Chantele Rashbrook is inviting people to join in the fun at the fifth annual Clifftop Challenge
Chantele Rashbrook is inviting people to join in the fun at the fifth annual Clifftop Challenge

Mrs Rashbrook, 47, of Middle Deal Road, Deal has direct experience with breast cancer after first being diagnosed in 2012.

She was told in 2014 that secondary breast cancer had spread to her lung, lymph nodes, neck and chest.

For the last four years she has been receiving Kadcyla, a relatively new life-extending secondary breast cancer drug. She describes it as a "lifeline" which is what inspires her to keep fundraising.

She said: “This is our fifth year of the Clifftop Challenge and it just seems to have gone from strength to strength.

"Last year we raised an amazing £19,000 for Breast Cancer Now. We'd love to make it £20,000 this year so please feel free to join us on the day."

She has thanked her father, Mike Griggs otherwise known as the Man in Pink, for his tireless work in helping to organise the event and source sponsorship.

A special mention also goes to Buckland Media Printing who have supplied all posters, banners, raffle tickets and new race packs.

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