Thousands brave the rain for Race for Life

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Race for Life at Nowton Park - Agnieszlea Barglik, Gemma Alexander and Tanya Alexander
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Race for Life at Nowton Park - Agnieszlea Barglik, Gemma Alexander and Tanya Alexander
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THOUSANDS of women braved the bad weather on Sunday to take part in the Race for Life at Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds.

It looked like a sea of pink at the starting line as the runners waited to begin their 5km dash.

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Race for Life at Nowton Park - Laura Smith, Susan Scott, Helen Whitcombe, Lesley Anslow and Emma Lake of the Bury Free Press running for Cath Le Maire

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Race for Life at Nowton Park - Laura Smith, Susan Scott, Helen Whitcombe, Lesley Anslow and Emma Lake of the Bury Free Press running for Cath Le Maire

But as the leaders reached the half way mark, the heavens opened and the rain began to pour.

However, the storm didn’t dampen their spirits as they made their way round the muddy track to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Claire Dann, 30, from Bury St Edmunds, finished the race first with an impressive time of 21 minutes 30 seconds.

Claire, running for her father Rob, who battled with prostate cancer, said: “It was hard work because it was so wet out there.I am running for my dad today, I ran the Cambridge half marathon in March, too – it’s all for him.”

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Race for Life at Nowton Park

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Race for Life at Nowton Park

Karen Skeats, from Mildenhall, was running with fellow College Heath Middle School employees Linda Palmer and Andrea Eden.

She said: “We got soaked, it’s muddly, but we have had a lovely time. Every year we run for our friend Linda, who is a survivor.

“There is such a great atmosphere here - we will take part every year.”

Agnieska Barglik, 27, from Stowmarket, said: “My mother had cancer six years ago but she has the all clear now. This is a way to say thank you to the people who helped her through it and to raise money to help save someone else’s life.”

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Race for Life at Nowton Park

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Race for Life at Nowton Park

Gemma Turpin, event manager for Race for Life, said: “Despite the rain, the morning event was hugely successful and the atmosphere was brilliant. We’d like to thank everyone who braved the rain to walk, jog or run not to mention our amazing volunteers and everyone who turned out to support us.”

Team Bury Free Press also conquered the muddy course, raising more than £500 in dedication of colleague Cath Le Maire, who died in January.

The afternoon event had to be cancelled because of the weather.