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PICTURES: Women unite in Race For Life in aid of Cancer Research

Race for Life 2018 - Bury St Edmunds PICTURE: Mecha Morton (2464738)
Race for Life 2018 - Bury St Edmunds PICTURE: Mecha Morton (2464738)

Cancer Research's annual Race For Life came to Nowton Park, Bury, on Sunday.

A sea of pink T-shirts, tutu's and face paint flocked to the race course for the five and 10 kilometre races.

The race saw an array of special ladies getting involved to support the fight for cancer of all types.

Among the racers was Ruth Edwards, 58, from Mildenhall.

Speaking before the race Ruth said: "There is 12 of us running today in aid of my daughter, Jasmin."

Jasmin, who is currently battling breast cancer was among the 12 running, she is currently in the middle of receiving treatment.

Ruth said: "I am so proud of Jasmin doing the race today."

'Jasmin's pink princesses' have raised around £1,648 for the cause.

The family said that they were going to complete the race as fast as their slowest person.

Also participating was a selection of Tesco stores, including colleagues from Horringer, Lawsons Place, Thetford and Stowmarket.

Linda Osbourne, store manager from Felsham said: "We are running today for our customer service manager who passed away last year, Sue Ling. She worked for the company for 30 years. She was diagnosed in January and went in November. She sadly had lung cancer."

The group of around 45 colleagues had 'Sue's pink dollies' labelled on their backs in remembrance of Sue.

King Edward VI School in Bury saw 49 girls and six members of staff take part in the race. The students were between years seven to 10.

Amelia Revans, 14, was one of the girls from the school taking part.

Amelia, who lives in Bury said: "I wanted to run the race to help people with cancer research. My granny died shortly after I was born, so I will also have her in my mind today."

Nia Fennelow, 13, from Bury was another of the pupils racing in the Park.

Nia said: "I'm very excited, I think it's for a really good cause. We have raised around £2,000 together."

Phoebe Vernon, 11, from Bury, another student at the school said: "My granny was diagnosed with cancer, I'm running because she's so important to me."

The race, which saw around 1,600 people take part consisted of a five and 10 kilometre run, jog or walk.

Gill Burgess, event manager, said: "We believe to have raised around £84,000 and donations are still coming in.

"Everyone has there own reasons for participating in the race, some people are doing it in memory of someone they have lost, others to find a cure to cancer, some people do it to support people they know who has cancer."

The women who were all dressed in the theme of pink, started with a fun warm up before the race began.

Rebecca Morley, 14, completed the five kilometre race first at a time of around 23 minutes.

She said: "I ran for everyone affected by cancer."

For more information and to get involved in other races around the region visit raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org

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