Potters Bar’s ‘Monopoly runners’ to raise money for gynaecological cancer research
PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 September 2018
A group of Potters Bar runners will pass ‘Go’, and will collect a lot more than £200, in their Monopoly-themed charity race.
Started by hair stylist Lisa Metselaar, the group of around 40 runners take on the London-themed challenge every year for a different charity.
On Sunday September 16 the runners will take a 17-mile route passing through many of the board game locations, starting at King’s Cross St Pancras, passing through Mayfair and Park Lane, Trafalgar Square and the Strand, Bow Street and Fleet Street, and many more.
For the “go to jail” square they head to the Clink Prison Museum on the South Bank.
At each stop, they get a breather and a chance to take a group picture in their Monopoly-themed T-shirts.
“I just thought, let’s all get together and see if we can raise some money through what we enjoy,” said Lisa, 50.
“People look at us and ask ‘what are you doing?’ and you just point at your vest and they get it.
“Sometimes people donate money while we’re out on the run.
“It’s just such great fun.”
The group’s fundraising page, which has a target of £1,500, has already attracted £1,400 of that, so Lisa said “I’d be delighted if we reach £2,000.”
The funds will be donated to the Eve Appeal, which supports research into gynaecological cancers.
They’re running in memory of Ann, the mother of one of Lisa’s close friends; and Eleana, the wife of one of the runners, both of whom passed away from ovarian cancer.
The cancer is known as the ‘silent killer’ because of how hard it is to spot until it is too late.
“This year we are running in memory of these two women and every other family that is touched by these terrible diseases,” said Lisa on the fundraising page.
The running group is aged between 15 and 71, and they’re often to be seen around Potters Bar as they gear up for their London challenge.
Though they get a breather at each stop, “as you get further round the board it starts to get a little bit taxing”, admitted Lisa, adding that they reward themselves with a cool drink at the last stop. “It’s a bit like a mirage,” she joked. “You start imagining it while you’re running!”
But, she said, the real reward is helping a cause so close to family and friends.
You can add to their ‘Community Chest’ at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/themonopolyrunners2018