“It’s amazing to think that 5 years ago Chris started this, the first ever Race for Life in Turkey with just a group of friends who ran a course that started from outside our house” – George Rimmer

“This first started with me and my gorgeous daughter in law Dawn – we had a bit of banter about who could achieve a better time as she was running 5 Km Race for Life in the UK – she won! But this was the inspiration for Turkey’s very first Race for Life – so not only can George and I take some credit for this achievement, but I have to also thank Dawn – together we have started such ‘a winning team’” – Chris Rimmer

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year

Little did they know what they had started…

Fethiye runs, jogs and walks for life

More than 300 people turned out on Sunday to run, jog or walk in the biggest single fundraising event Fethiye has seen so far.

Now in it’s fourth year, Yaşam İçim Yarış has become an annual event in Fethiye and goes from strength to strength.

The Yaşam İçin Yarış team have a lot to share with you however, first up are the photographs taken by official Yaşam İçin Yarış photographers, Natalia Alpatova and Norman Clark. They captured the day to perfection.

There are far too many fabulous photos to choose from so here is a selection. Please visit Fethiye Times Facebook for the full albums.

Racing for life: in photos

Getting ready

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark

The man on the mike

The man on the mike needs very little introduction …

George Rimmer, along with Pınar Urav who translated for him.

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark

The warm up

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
The warm up was led by Karen Stockman. Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova

The circle and one minutes silence

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
One minutes silence to remember loved ones and friends who have lost their battle with cancer. Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova

Race time

First off was the 20km race

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark

John Brett ran the 20km race dressed as Superman to encourage more people to sponsor him.

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark

Wheelchair race

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark

5km race

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark

While we’re waiting to see who the winners are in each category, let’s have a look at some of the runners in a bit more detail.

Pamela Gittins and Viv Oldham

Pam and Viv are part of the Yaşam İçin Yarış team and HOPE Group. Over the registration campaign, they have raised sponsorship from people who couldn’t take part in this years event.

Eight months ago, Pam had to have a hip replacement after radiotherapy treatment for cancer but that didn’t stop her crossing the finish line.

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
A very happy Pam and Viv. Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark

Glamour Girls 

Joining the race this year were Clark and Jay (aka Glamour Girls, Miss BeeHave and Joanna play) along with the Manager of Glamour Hisarönü, Lisa Köse. On September 26th, Glamour held a fundraising evening which raised an outstanding 14,200 TL for Yaşam İçin Yarış.

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Clark, Lisa and Jay. Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark

HOPE

The HOPE cancer support group was newly formed in February this year and are now part of Yaşam İçin Yarış.

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Helen talking about HOPE before the race. Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Members of HOPE. Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova

We were joined by a very special person this year.

Why do we race for life? Meet Ella

Last year ago when she was being treated for cancer, Ella took part in the race. On Sunday she joined George on stage looking the picture of health. We gave her a medal for beating cancer.

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Ella pictured here with George after taking part in last years race.
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
And here’s Ella this year, understandable emotional but looking the picture of health. Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova

Genel Nursel Özdemir Özel Eğitim Kurumları

This year we were joined for the first time by pupils from Genel Nursel Özdemir Özel Eğitim Kurumları (special school) who took part in a shorter race.

aşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark
Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova

The winners in each category were

Wheelchair race

1st: Mustafa Bozbaş

2nd: Ali Akbey

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Mustafa and Ali pictured here with Fethiye Kaymakam, Muzzafer Şahiner and main sponsor, Yacht Classic owner, Mustafa Argın. Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova

Men

1st: Steven Williams

2nd: Adnan Çiftçi

3rd: Abdul Baron

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Winners in the men’s category with Fethiye Kaymakam, Muzzafer Şahiner. Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova

Women

1st (and overall race winner): Sue Burns

2nd: Carol Munro

3rd: Jill Breeze

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Winners in the women’s category pictured with Spor Müdürü, Harun Yiğit. Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova

Children

1st: Lucas Hayes

2nd: Uğurcan Akbakık

3rd: Yusuf Kumlu

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Winners in the children’s category pictured with main sponsor, Yacht Classic owner, Mustafa Argın. Photograph courtesy of Natalia Alpatova

20km race

1st: Mohamed Arslan

2nd: Mesut Güler

3rd: Salih Dereli

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Winners of the 20km race pictured with FETAV Director, Dilek Dinçer.

Don’t forget, for more photographs please visit Fethiye Times on facebook.

Click here for more photography by Natalia

Sponsors and Supporters

Team Yaşam İçin Yarış  would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored, supported and took part in Yaşam İçin Yarış 2018.

Visit Fethiye Times on Thursday for more about our sponsors and supporters this year.

How much did we raise?

At the count immediately after the event on Sunday, the total raised so far was 71,000TL.

With sponsor money and pledges still to be paid in, we are on track to raise a staggering

100.000TL

All money raised will go towards the diagnosis, treatment and awareness of cancer in Fethiye and the local area

Finally…

On a personal note I would like to say I am truly humbled by the wonderful response and amount of support we have received this year. There just aren’t the words…

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life Turkey) - Fethiye, runs, jogs and walks for life for the fourth year
Photograph courtesy of Norman Clark

 

 

 

 

 

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