Terry Fox Runs raise more than $3,000 for cancer research

  • Sep. 21, 2012 9:00 a.m.

A brilliantly warm and sunny day was the setting for this year’s Terry Fox runs in Masset, Queen Charlotte and Sandspit, which raised more than $3,000 for cancer research. In Queen Charlotte, organizers Duncan and Jennifer White said, 51 runners, cyclists, donors, and at least eight supportive post-wolf-domesticated critters took time out to honour the memory of Terry Fox. Residents of Queen Charlotte, Skidegate, Port Clements and Mackenzie contributed $1,124 to the cause, with more donations promised.”The cheerful crew left the Queen Charlotte ballfield on the traditional route west to the school field, east to Relax Road, and then back to the ballfield. Weather was pleasantly warm with the September sun evaporating sweat and perspiration from male and female participants respectively,” the Whites wrote.While the Terry Fox Foundation discourages promotion of any competitive aspects of the event we feel we need to recognize the following achievements. Robin Rorick (setting his sights on a half-marathon in Hawaii) finished first in 44:55 minutes. Second man in was Scott Hornidge in 50:45 minutes. First female runner was Maureen Benoit in 50:44 minutes and second was Melissa Evanson in 50:48. Carol Ives, who has been practicing the route for decades, with countless generations in tow, was the senior runner of note, finishing in 71:45 minutes.Queen Charlotte has been the site of 31 Terry Fox Runs, missing only the very first event in 1981. The organizers wish to recognize ex-QCESS teacher Ian Robinson, now principal of Lady Grey Elementary in Golden, BC, as the organizer of our first events. We are sad to note that his beloved friend and wife Pierrette succumbed to cancer last September.In Masset, organizer Marg Youngson tells us, an incredible 101 participants came out and raised $2,088, with donations still coming in. Everyone appreciated the refreshments donated by Delmas Co-op and Ms Youngson thanks all the volunteers who helped make this year’s run a success: Diana, Trevor, Jamie, Casey, Fran, Anne-Marie, Jack, Sandy, Lena, Willie, Danny and Const. Patrick Higgins. Way to go Masset!In Sandspit, 35 adults and children ran, walked, biked and strollered the course, raising around $300. Organizer Cathy Baran said it was the biggest turnout she has seen since she began volunteering with the run seven or eight years ago.”It was a fantastic day, sunny, gorgeous,” she said. “It was awesome.”Ms Baran expressed a special thank you to the Coast Guard station members, who set up a water station, which was much-needed in the unusually hot and sunny weather.