Hereford Race for Life: More than 1,400 women unite against cancer

Hereford Race for Life: More than 1,400 women unite against cancer

Staff from Ludlow's Tesco store before the race. Photo: JAMES MAGGS. 1428_19001

'The Happy Campers' are, from left, Jane Rivers, Diane Saunders, Karen Kendrick, Kelly Broadhurst and Yvonne Broadhurst. Photo: JAMES MAGGS. 1428_19002

From left is Yvonne Beech, Hayleigh Good and Rose Davies before the race. 1428_19003 Photo: JAMES MAGGS.

Back from left is Sarah Morgan, Charlotte Morris, Molly Perks, Laura Chapman, Annie McGowan and Ebonnie McGowan.Front from left isThalia Morgan and Lily McGowan. Photo: JAMES MAGGS. 1428_19004

From left, Karen Hardacer, Judy Knight, Bev Evans and Joyce Hughes (all from Ludlow) before the race. 1428_19005. Photo: JAMES MAGGS.

From left is Maria Gooding and Shelley Dobson before the race. 1428_19006 Photo: JAMES MAGGS.

Sharon Newman and Tessa Griffiths before the race. Photo: JAMES MAGGS. 1428_19007

First published in News

MORE than 1,400 women from across the county and beyond joined forces in the fight against cancer when they completed Race for Life last weekend.

Last Sunday (July 13) women of all shapes and sizes – including cancer survivors and people taking part in memory or celebration or their loved ones – united for Cancer Research's 5k event at Hereford Racecourse.

The "sea of pink" included mighty-mums, gutsy-grans, feisty friends and go-getting girls all determined to make every step count in the fight against cancer.

Michelle Leighton, Race for Life event manager for Hereford, said: “Hereford Race for Life was a massive success. I would just like to say a massive thank you to all the participants that took part on Sunday and all their families that came along to support them.

"There was a fantastic atmosphere at the event and the weather was kind. We are hoping that the participants will have raised £90,000 for Cancer Research UK.

"I would now urge participants to collect their sponsorship money and get it paid in."

Michelle added that there were plenty of pink t-shirts on show – the event's trademark outfit – along with tutus and other fancy dress costumes.

One woman who was wearing a furry Hello Kitty outfit was led around by her friends as she had limited vision through the head part of the costume.

Lindsey James came first in the event and Lydia Stratford was the runner-up.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a women-only event.

Last year's event in Hereford saw 1,833 women take part to help raise £87,214 for Cancer Research UK.

It is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series with over 300 events around the UK from May to the end of September.

Entry into the race cost £14.99 for adults and £10 for girls under 16. That fee covers the costs of staging the event series and ensures that money raised in sponsorship can go to help beat cancer.

Since Race for Life started, 7.1 million participants across the UK have raised more than £526 million to fund Cancer Research UK’s vital work.

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