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The Chair of the Arbroath Relay For Life has been overwhelmed by the response making this a record-breaking year.

Participants in the Relay raised upwards of £136,000 for Cancer Research UK over the weekend, as they walked, ran, cycled and even hula-hooped around the Arbroath Cricket Ground.

The committee fully expects that number to rise in the next month as the collect money from sponsors.

The event even attracted contributors from as far away as Turkey, America and Australia from people who wanted to take part but couldn’t make it to the event.

It was not only the money raised that was breaking records, there were also a record number of both participants and viewers with 578 people registered and with 5,000 estimated to have watched the event.

The event was started on the Friday with the popular Rat Pack Night, with the main Relay starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday and ran all the way through to 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Ian Angus, chair of the Arbroath Relay For Life Committee told the Arbroath Herald he was stunned by the support his foundation had received over the past year.

He said: “I have run out of superlatives, it’s amazing. The Arbroath community pulled out all the stops and I would like to pay tribute to the people and businesses of Arbroath and the town itself. I just can’t thank them enough.”

He also thanked Commonwealth Gold medallist Darren Burnett and Alana Louden for opening the event.

The members of the committee intend to quickly start organising next years event with aims to top even this year’s total.

Mr Angus said: “We’ll have a wee rest and then we’ll regroup and we will start planning again for next year because cancer never sleeps and we won’t rest till we find that
cure.”