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How running one short mile could benefit cancer kids like Reese

Claire Williamson

By Claire Williamson

It's just one mile, but it could make the world of difference to children suffering from cancer and their families.

The Children's Cancer Unit Charity has launched an event called the Stormont Mile which will see hundreds of runners complete the distance from Parliament buildings to the entrance of the Stormont estate.

Reece Magill (10) is receiving treatment for leukaemia at the unit in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

He will continue to visit there regularly until September 2020.

Reece launched the event with Ireland athlete and European medallist Ciara Mageean from Portaferry as they encouraged runners of all ages and abilities to get involved on June 30.

The inspiring young fundraiser said: "The Children's Cancer Unit is a very special place. When I'm there, I am looked after by some of the best doctors and nurses in the world and they make me feel so much better.

"I hope lots of people will join me at Stormont on June 30 to help raise funds for our team.

"It's only one mile, so if I can do it - you can do it too."

During a visit home, Ms Mageean helped launch the event and passed on some expert tips for training.

She added: "I am delighted to be involved in this exciting event, alongside Reece who is such an inspirational boy.

"Today we have tested out the route and everything seems to be in order, although I can tell that I already have some stiff competition.

"I know what it is like to compete at the highest level and the Children's Cancer Unit Charity Stormont Mile is set to be a fantastic event for serious runners aiming for a great time, as well as for more casual runners who will have a great day's fun while supporting an important cause.

"Come on runners, enter the race and see how quickly you can run the mile."

The charity is inviting individuals, businesses and even politicians to take part, with the incentive of supporting the important work of the Children's Cancer Unit.

The one-mile course will start in front of Parliament buildings, with runners completing a small section of the mile route on flat ground before racing downhill along the Stormont estate driveway to the gates.

Anna McDonald from the Children's Cancer Unit Charity said they are always looking for new ways to support children and their families through tough times.

"All funds raised through the Stormont Mile will go directly towards supporting the vital work of the medical team at the Children's Cancer Unit," she said.

"We have always had great support from the running community so we hope they will join us on June 30 for some competitive racing and a great day's craic."

All Stormont Mile entrants will receive an entry pack which includes a T-shirt. Cost of adult entry is £20. For further information visit www.childrenscancerunit.com/ StormontMile

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