Determined fundraisers braved torrential rain over the weekend for the 24 hour Relay for Life in Barnstaple.

An overhead view of Relay for Life 2018 in Barnstaple. Picture: Devon Aerial MediaAn overhead view of Relay for Life 2018 in Barnstaple. Picture: Devon Aerial Media

The annual event saw teams of walkers making an endless circuit at Barnstaple Rugby Club in a non-stop relay from noon Saturday until noon Sunday.

Event chairman Lisa Mackenzie said the rain had been torrential, but that didn’t matter to those taking part.

She said: “All everybody kept saying was cancer does not give a damn about the weather, so why should we?”

The final total will be revealed in October but it is expected the event has raised more than £20,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Relay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo ShootsRelay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo Shoots

The event began with a lap of honour by cancer survivors and after dark a Candle of Hope ceremony saw the darkness lit up in memory of those lost and in celebration of those still here.

Lisa added a huge thank you to everybody who had helped and supported the event this year, especially local businesses including Tesco Rose Lane and the rugby club, plus bar manager Jackie Edwards and her husband Trevor, who both stayed for almost the entire event.

Relay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo ShootsRelay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo Shoots

Relay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo ShootsRelay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo Shoots

Relay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo ShootsRelay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo Shoots

Relay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo ShootsRelay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo Shoots

Relay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo ShootsRelay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo Shoots

Relay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo ShootsRelay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo Shoots

Relay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo ShootsRelay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo Shoots

Relay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo ShootsRelay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo Shoots

Relay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo ShootsRelay for Life in Barnstaple 2018. Picture: JoMo Shoots

Relay for life 2018 in Barnstaple. Picture: Derek ParnellRelay for life 2018 in Barnstaple. Picture: Derek Parnell

Relay for life 2018 in Barnstaple. Picture: Derek ParnellRelay for life 2018 in Barnstaple. Picture: Derek Parnell

Relay for life 2018 in Barnstaple. Picture: Derek ParnellRelay for life 2018 in Barnstaple. Picture: Derek Parnell

Relay for life 2018 in Barnstaple. Picture: Derek ParnellRelay for life 2018 in Barnstaple. Picture: Derek Parnell

Relay For Life North Devon 2017 at Barnstaple Rugby Club. North Devon Gazette. Picture: Tony GussinRelay For Life North Devon 2017 at Barnstaple Rugby Club. North Devon Gazette. Picture: Tony Gussin