VIDEO: Nowton Park becomes a sea of pink for Race for Life

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Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds was turned into a sea of pink as more than 2,000 people took part in the Race for Life.

Raising funds for Cancer Research UK, a 5km and a 10km race was held today. Rachel Parratt, Cancer Research UK event manager, said they had hoped to raise £155,000, with 2,000 runners in the morning, with a further 400 taking part in the afternoon.

Those who took part were treated to a warm up. ANL-150628-144006001

Those who took part were treated to a warm up. ANL-150628-144006001

“The day went absolutely fantastically,” she said. “The day was brilliant and lots of groups turned up.

“It went amazingly.”

Although rain began to fall shortly after the 5k race began, spirits could not be dampened as women, children, babies in pushchairs and dogs began their trek.

For the majority of runners, friends and family had all been affected by the disease, inspiring them to take part.

Janice Knightson, pictured with son Stephen, of Bury St Edmunds, took part in her Race for Life at the age of 68, raising nearly �500. ANL-150628-143955001

Janice Knightson, pictured with son Stephen, of Bury St Edmunds, took part in her Race for Life at the age of 68, raising nearly �500. ANL-150628-143955001

Tina Bucknall, of Wickhambrook, today took part in her third Race for Life, and has completed various fundraising events since her father, Basil Day, died of the disease 18 years ago.

Mrs Bucknall was joined by friend Jo Pask, who herself has lost two sisters and mother to cancer.

Mrs Bucknall, who was hoping to raise £250, said: “Raising funds for cancer charities and associated causes such as St Nicholas Hospice is close to our hearts.

“We love the race for life as the atmosphere is buzzing, the location is great and it is so inspirational to see so many women of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities coming together to take part and raise so much money for this incredible charity.

Entrants wait at the start line at Nowton Park. ANL-150628-144017001

Entrants wait at the start line at Nowton Park. ANL-150628-144017001

“The volunteers and marshals are all brilliant too, cheering us on when it gets a bit tough and giving encouragement all the way, these events would not be possible without those volunteers so they deserve a huge thank you. We will be back next year for sure.”

Janice Knightson, of Bury St Edmunds, took part in her first Race for Life at the age of 68 after her husband Danny died as a result of cancer last year. Taking part in the 5km event, she has raised nearly £500.

A team representing Gymophobics, in St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, raised more than £1,000.

Jackie Stuart of the team said: “We had a member called Jude. She died last year and we thought we out to do something about it.

More than 1,900 are thought to have taken part in the 5k Race for Life. ANL-150628-144028001

More than 1,900 are thought to have taken part in the 5k Race for Life. ANL-150628-144028001

“We have all had someone die (as a result of cancer).”

Nearly £1,000 was also raised by Abbots Green Community Primary School.

Kitted out in florescent green tutus, the school has taken part in many fundraising activities for Cancer Research, including a blue and pink clothing day, while profits from a Key Stage 2 production in July will also be donated.

Headteacher: Heidi Franklin said: “Too many people are affected by this horrible illness, both directly and indirectly, including those within our whole school community. By joining forces with other supporters across the country we aim to raise valuable funds for Cancer Research UK and to help to beat cancer sooner.”

(From left) Ann Green, Jackie Stuart, and Rita Pryor, raised more than �1,000, taking part on behalf of Gymophobics, Bury St Edmunds. ANL-150628-143943001

(From left) Ann Green, Jackie Stuart, and Rita Pryor, raised more than �1,000, taking part on behalf of Gymophobics, Bury St Edmunds. ANL-150628-143943001