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Crystals Cheer Independence Day Run

5 July 2013

Crystal Palace Football Club's cheerleaders helped make history yesterday, as they attended the first ever Independence Day Run.

The Crystal Girls helped launch the event, which attracted 300 runners who donned stars and stripes to take part in either a 5km or 10km run through Wapping. 

The run was organised by the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity, to mark America's national holiday, Independence Day.

Dating back to 1776, Independence Day followed political upheaval which separated Americans from colonial rule. They celebrate in style with carnivals, parades and fireworks. 

And yesterday London joined in with those celebrations, with hot dogs, pretzels and country and western music, as The Crystals cheered on the runners. 

The brand new race started 15 minutes from London’s Bank in Wapping Gardens and passed some of London’s most historical landmarks including the beautiful King Edward Memorial Park and the Limehouse Basin. 

The 10km race was won by Chris Miles who finished it in 40 minutes and 29 seconds, while Jonathan Litchfield took the 5km crown in a time of 23 minutes and 36 seconds.

Rainbow Trust Sports and Challenges Manager, Anna Thomas, said: “The atmosphere at our first ever Independence Day run was fantastic yesterday and it was great to see so many Londoners take part, along with some people from America! 

"The weather was fantastic and there was a great mix of experienced runners to people who chose to simply walk the course. We estimate to have raised £34,000 so far for Rainbow Trust which is great because Rainbow Trust relies almost entirely on fundraising for its income. 

"It makes events like this vital for Rainbow Trust to carry out the important work we do, ensuring families with terminally ill children, both in London and nationally, get the support they need."

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