Bury St Edmunds Race for Life got up and running today

Runners and walkers all get warmed up for their Race for Life at Bury St Edmunds Nowton Park

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE
Runners and walkers all get warmed up for their Race for Life at Bury St Edmunds Nowton Park Picture: MARK BULLIMORE
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The Race for Life in Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds went off today with 1,273 runners and walkers.

A 5km and 10km course were set up around the park as women and children helped to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Runners took part in a 5km or 10km race  for Cancer Research UK's Race for Life at Nowton Park. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Runners took part in a 5km or 10km race for Cancer Research UK's Race for Life at Nowton Park. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

One of the runners was Chris Drury from Haughley who was doing her fourth Bury Race for Life in a row and like others was doing it thinking of loved ones she had lost to cancer.

She said: “I think it is a great cause I just hope with our money they can find a cure quicker.

“I’m not a sprinter but I will be running the 5km as best as I can with my Mum and my friends on my back.”

The event is estimated to raise £82,000 for the charity and Cancer Research UK’s Rachel Parratt is always amazed by the atmosphere the event here has.

She said: “I just want to thank the people for coming and doing their part to help us beat cancer.

“The money raised will help our doctors, nurses and scientist which will go into research and trials.

“This will go towards kinder, nicer and more successful treatments for the future.”

For more photographs of the event and a full report see next week’s Bury Free Press.