Iain runs a leg of Great British Relay

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 June 2014

Iain Prideaux.

Iain Prideaux.

Iain Prideaux.

A NATIONAL running relay will reach the town today (Thurs), when Weston police officer Iain Prideaux will take over the baton.

Iain, aged 44, has taken on the Great British Relay run from Wick St Lawrence and will travel 6.5 miles through Kewstoke and along the toll road before arriving on the seafront at the Grand Pier.

The 32-day charity relay started in Scarborough and has continued 24 hours a day, with runners passing a GPS baton to each other, at the end of each leg.

The event is raising cash for a number of charities, including Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Royal Air Forces.

Iain is a member of Weston Athletic Club and has been running for about five years.

He said: “I’m really excited to be taking part.

“The runners are trying to break a world record and I thought it would be amazing to be part of the team.

“There are 594 runners and the relay will also raise money for the RNLI and cancer research charities which are close to my heart.”

On leaving Weston late morning, the relay’s next stop is Brean at noon. It will then travel south along the beach to Burnham before heading inland to Highbridge to start its next leg at just after 1pm. Organisers hope the relay will set a new world record for the longest continuous distance relay.

For more information, to keep track on the relay and the charities it is supporting visit www.gbrelay.com

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