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Lancashire churches join together to Run for the World

Runners from churches across Lancashire joined the Anglican Bishop of Lancaster to participate in the annual ecumenical Run for the World (R4TW) event on Morecambe Promenade at the weekend.
Run for the World is a global/local sports event to raise money for the poor and marginalised. The Morecambe run has been going for a decade and this year a key target was raising money towards opening a new Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre in Morecambe.
See for more on the organisation.
A total of around £3,000 was confirmed as being raised by the end of the race. You can see further coverage and pictures on the Diocesan Twitter feed @cofelancs
Running alongside the Bishop, Rt Rev Geoff Pearson and his wife Jean, the participating churches included: St Thomas, Lancaster; St Paul, Scotforth; St Paul, Caton; St John, Sandylands; St John Ellel; St Luke, Slyne with Hest; Quernmore Methodist; Stanley Road Baptist, Morecambe; Kings Community Church, Lancaster; Brook House Methodist; Lancaster Baptist; Capernwray Evangelical; Holy Trinity, Bolton-le-Sands; Morecambe Parish Church and St James, Burton and Holme.
Bishop Geoff, who is race Patron, commented: “It was a great day that attracted many church fellowships from across Lancashire – and some from Cumbria – as well as being popular with all ages. There were several options for runners – 10k, 5k and 2k – there was also a 5k walk.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated and helped to raise funds which will go to a very good cause and a big thanks to all the behind the scenes volunteers and anyone who gave their time towards organising the race today.”
One of the key event organisers was Martin Bateman from St Thomas, Lancaster. He said: “We have raised around £3,000 this year and more than £40,000 in the decade the run has been held. Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to the success today.”
Ronnie Semley

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