“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
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
The man on the mike
The man on the mike needs very little introduction …
George Rimmer, along with Pınar Urav who translated for him.
The warm up
The circle and one minutes silence
First off was the 20km race
John Brett ran the 20km race dressed as Superman to encourage more people to sponsor him.
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.
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.
The HOPE cancer support group was newly formed in February this year and are now part of Yaşam İçin Yarış.
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.
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.
The winners in each category were
1st: Mustafa Bozbaş
2nd: Ali Akbey
1st: Steven Williams
2nd: Adnan Çiftçi
3rd: Abdul Baron
1st (and overall race winner): Sue Burns
2nd: Carol Munro
3rd: Jill Breeze
1st: Lucas Hayes
2nd: Uğurcan Akbakık
3rd: Yusuf Kumlu
1st: Mohamed Arslan
2nd: Mesut Güler
3rd: Salih Dereli
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
All money raised will go towards the diagnosis, treatment and awareness of cancer in Fethiye and the local area
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…