The 25th Grand Western Canal 10k raises thousands for young lives against cancer

More than 450 walkers and runners took on a 10k challenge along the beautiful Grand Western Canal to raise over £16,000 for CLIC Sargent. 

The 25th Grand Western Canal 10k raises thousands for young lives against cancer

Over 450 people signed up before the day to walk or run the Grand Western Canal 10k, with a record number of runners taking on the challenge. A further 20 people signed up on the day to add to what was already a massively successful community event.  

The event had previously been organised by the Mid Devon Volunteer Committee as well as CLIC Sargent but after it didn’t go ahead in 2017, Adopstar, who had already been supporting CLIC Sargent for a few years, took on the event. 

Theresa and Chloe from Adopstar worked tirelessly to make the day a success and, along with the help of many others, put on an event which raised over £16,000 for CLIC Sargent. 

Event Organiser and Managing Director of Adopstar Theresa Benson said:

“CLIC Sargent is especially important to me as they supported my family after the loss of my cousin at the age of three years."

"After 12 months of planning, we are so pleased that the 25th Grand Western Canal 10k & Family Festival went without a hitch on 8 July.” 

It was a glorious Sunday morning which had runners warm before the race and, despite the heat, all the participants were in high spirits ready to challenge themselves for CLIC Sargent.

The walkers and runners started at The Moorings in Tiverton and went along the beautiful Grand Western Canal towards Sampford Peverell, enjoying three refreshment stalls along the way with goodies supplied by Morrisons and a nice cold sponge to cool them down at the finish line. 

A brilliant afternoon

After receiving their medal, the participants were then able to enjoy the Family Festival with their friends and family. The Family Festival had everything you would need for a brilliant afternoon; from a barbecue, to live music from Tin Can Alley, to a bouncy castle, as well as stalls, a cake competition and appearances from some of the Exeter Chiefs. 

The cake competition saw a dozen professional bakers generously donating their work to CLIC Sargent. The competition was judged by South West Home Cook of the Year 2016 & 2017 Sue Stoneman, CLIC Sargent Assistant Director for Supporter Engagement Luke Mallett, along with England and Exeter Chiefs star, and cookie club member, Don Armand. The best decorated cake went to The Party People 2018 and the best taste went to Captivating Cupcakes. The winner of the Novice competition was Sarah Perry. 

Theresa continued: “The time it takes to organise an event like this is massive and we would like to thank all the staff at Adopstar who helped, all the marshals, sponsors, canal rangers, first aiders, emergency services, refreshment stations, cake makers, stall holders, donation providers, SRP Driver Solutions who transported all the tables/chairs, Tiverton Sea Cadet Hut, Sampford Peverell Playing Fields, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, friends, family and everyone else who made this event possible! We are proud to have raised just over £16,000 which has gone straight to CLIC Sargent with more money still coming in.” 

Thank you 

“The event’s achievement was justification for all the hard work that Theresa and Chloe put in to making sure it was a success.CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Jordan Anderton said: “It was amazing to see the Mid Devon community come together, despite the heat, to support young lives facing cancer. To see over 450 runners and walkers take on the 10k challenge and over a 1000 people enjoying the Family Festival was incredible.

"To raise over £16,000 in one day is absolutely incredible. I would once again like to thank Theresa, Chloe, the Mid Devon Volunteer Committee, Adopstar and all the marshals for the countless hours of hard work that they put into making this event happen, and every single runner and walker for making it such a memorable day.” 

Making a difference 

A cancer diagnosis means normal life stops for the child or young person, and their family. Treatment is gruelling and often happens many miles from home. Travelling for treatment is exhausting and expensive.

CLIC Sargent provides these families with access to our Homes from Home programme, to help reduce the financial, emotional and practical burden of a young person’s cancer diagnosis. Through the provision of free, self-catering, homely accommodation for families, just a short walk from the treatment centres, families are able to spend time together, as well as be in close proximity to the hospital – not having to journey to and from home which, for so many families, can be several hours away. 

The money that the Grand Western Canal 10k has raised could fund a room in CLIC Sargent Home from Home for just over 16 months. 

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Jordan Anderton continued:

“These homes from home save each family on average £2100. The money that has been raised from this magnificent event is truly life changing for the families CLIC Sargent supports.”

What’s next?

Next year we are hoping to make the event even bigger and better, but to do this, we will need your support. So please get in touch if you are interested in supporting the event in any capacity.

And if you need some inspiration, please feel free to check out our video from this year’s event.  

Find out more 

To find out how you can do your own fundraising for CLIC Sargent, please contact the Supporter Engagement Team on 0300 330 0803 or email