A beautiful, autumn Sunday morning in Fethiye. Perfect conditions for the second Race for Life – Turkey, an event to raise money for cancer research and equipment in the local area.

The entrants gathered at Beşkaza, the town square, to take part in the event which was due to start at 10am. People were still registering to take part right up to the starting time.

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The registration desk was busy right up to the starting time

Around 400 people, including 70 people from Dalyan, turned up to Run IT, Walk IT, Beat IT; men, women, children, Turkish people, British people and wheelchair entrants all united in the fight against cancer.

Some of the entrants had either just completed or are currently undergoing treatment for cancer. The support shown for them was absolutely fantastic.

Jenny and her supporters all wearing their their headscarves.
Jenny and her supporters all wearing their headscarves.
Some of the entrants at the starting line
Some of the entrants at the starting line

10am arrived and it was time to get started.

First the entrants held hands and formed a huge circle around the town square.

The entrants formed a circle around the town square
The entrants formed a circle around the town square

Then it was time for the warm up led by Karen Stockman

The warm up led by Karen
The warm up led by Karen Stockman

They’re off!

Once everyone was nicely warmed up it was time for ‘the off’

Runners went first

They're off!
They’re off! Runners first.

Then came the walkers and children

Then came the walkers and children
Then came the walkers and children

Then it was the turn of the wheelchair entrants

Then it was the turn of the wheelchair entrants
Then it was the turn of the wheelchair entrants

Whilst the entrants completed the 5km circular route along the harbour or the shorter route mapped out for the wheelchair entrants, the organisers and onlookers waited to cheer them back.

Dilek, the Dırector of Fetav, Hannah and Paddy
Dilek, the Dırector of Fetav, Hayley and Paddy

First, second and third places go to

Wheelchair category

1st place- Ali Akbey. 2nd place- Yusuf Ferik. 3rd place - Aziz Ardıç
1st place- Ali Akbey. 2nd place- Yusuf Ferik. 3rd place – Aziz Ardıç

Male category

1st place- Metahan Deniz. 2nd place- Steve Williams. 3rd place - John Young
1st place- Metahan Deniz. 2nd place- Steve Williams. 3rd place – John Young

Female category

1st place- Sevil Toker. 2nd place- Leyla Temiz. 3rd place - Christine Holliday
1st place- Sevil Toker. 2nd place- Leyla Temiz. 3rd place – Christine Holliday

12 to 18 category

1st place- Tarkan Akkus. 2nd place- Aslan Erdoğan. 3rd place - Melia Hazel Karagoz
1st place- Tarkan Akkus. 2nd place- Aslan Erdoğan. 3rd place – Melia Hazel Karagoz

Under 11 category.

1st place- Oliver Miles Trent. 2nd place- Azra Cobar. 3rd place - Berrak Budak
1st place- Oliver Miles Trent. 2nd place- Azra Cobar. 3rd place – Berrak Budak ( Oliver had to leave before the presentations)

Where will the money go?

This year the money raised will be used to buy a Bronchoscope for the Devlet Hospital.

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Well done and thank you to everyone who took part.

See you next year!