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Race For Life raises thousands for cancer charity

Worcester Editorial 8th Jul, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WORCESTER Racecourse was transformed into a sea of pink when thousands of women joined the fight to beat cancer.

More than 3,000 people ran, jogged, walked and even hopped along on crutches in an attempt to complete the 5km or 10km course on Sunday (July 6).

The Race For Life event at Pitchcroft saw people dressed head to toe in pink as they went on to raise more than £160,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Among those who took part included 19 members of staff from Worcester City Council who collected a total of £360 for the charity, which continues to support the pioneering work of doctors, nurses and scientists to fight cancer.

Claire Neville, communications officer at the council, said it was a fantastic experience to take part in the event with her ten-year-old daughter Charlotte.

“It was the first time I had taken part, so I was a bit nervous about the whole thing, but the crowd really carried you along and it was a really enjoyable in the end,” she said.

“There was such a positive spirit from all the women who were all there for the same reason, so I will definitely do it next year.”

Michelle Leighton, Race for Life event manager for Worcester, said she was grateful to the runners and volunteers who made it such a successful event.

“There was an absolutely amazing atmosphere on Sunday. Everything went really well and all the ladies seemed to enjoy it,” she said.

“We had people pushing pushchairs, walking their dogs and two girls even did the 10k three legged, so it does not matter who comes first as it is about everyone taking part and enjoying themselves.

“We like to see fast people at the front, but the slower people at the back are just as important as it is about people enjoying the event and raising vital funds for our charity.”

To return sponsorship or to donate visit www.raceforlife.org, or call 0845 600 6050.

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