In a cheering ocean of pink 2,200 women left the start line of this year’s first Race For Life this morning.
A second army of 700 will slip on their running shoes for the second 5km run at 2.30pm in Bury St Edmunds’ Nowton Park.
Cancer Research UK’s event manager Gemma Turpin said: “We hope to raise £140,000 from both races. It’s amazing to see all these women coming together to show cancer we’re coming for it.”
Most of the runners wore labels on their backs saying who they were running in memory of. Some simply said ‘my mum’ or gave a name but others had lists so long they could barely squeeze them on the page.
Some ran in fancy dress, like the seven from Set in Hand card distribution in Combs who dressed as crayons.
Most were pretty in pink, like Ruth Watkinson from nearby Sicklesmere road.
“Last year I didn’t dress up, so this year it’s pink wig, false eylashes the lot,” she said. Last year was a return to the race for her because she had to take a two year break with knee problems.
She runs in memory of her sister Siân who died in June 2007 of skin cancer at the age of only 40.
The first runner home this morning was Ellie Drake, 15, from Diss, who completed the 5km in just over 21 minutes in memory of her nan June Hume who died of breast cancer aged 47.
For a full story and eight pages of pictures, see our special Race for Life supplement in the Bury Free Press on Friday.