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Chester Race for Life in pictures

A picture gallery from the annual fundraiser for Cancer Research UK at Chester Racecourse

Sunshine heralded the Chester Race for Life this morning as almost 2,000 runners and walkers met at the racecourse to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

The women-only event was started by mum Francine Mitchell, of Saltney, who marked one year since her operation for breast cancer with a loud klaxon.

Chester mum starts Race for Life Chester on anniversary of her cancer surgery

Tears and laughter proved how much the race means to the runners as people remembered loved ones or put their best foot forward for someone dear to them who is receiving treatment.

Abby Pinchin, of Buckley, who works in Chester was emotional as she remembered her mum Karen who was diagnosed with cancer on her 50th birthday.

Abby Pinchin with Helen Williams and Helen's daughter Florence, 11 months(Image: Jo Henwood)

Choking back the tears, Abby, who was running with friend Helen Williams and her daughter Florence, 11 months, remembered: “When she was diagnosed with a brain tumour six years ago, she was given three months to live but she promised us that she would see another Christmas. She survived for 10 months and passed away in January 2011.”

A group known as the Ledsham Legends were running from Ledsham Park Day Nursery for their friend and colleague Jo Osbourne-Bold, who has cancer. Jo, 39, is a mum of two children and the message from the team was: “Jo, we love you lots.”

The Ledsham Legends from Ledsham Park Day Nursery

A team of hoola-hoopers, known as Hoola Nation were taking part to remind people of the importance of exercise in keeping healthy.

Hoola Nation

Team Suzie had travelled from North Wales to take part in the annual event, inspired by one of their member’s mum Anna McRoberts, who lives in Glasgow.

Another Team Griff, made up of six-year-old twins Chloe and Hayden with Karen and Angie were running for Karen’s dad Ralph, who has prostate cancer and was standing on the sidelines to cheer them on.

People ran with buggies, dogs, wearing tutus, feather boas and sunflowers or just with sheer determination as the first over the line completed the 5k course in 21 minutes and 16 seconds.

A runner with a double buggy crosses the line

The Race for Life is often a family affair and Chester trio Sue Fellows and daughters Amy Harris and Jo Fellows were on their 16th challenge for the charity.

Sue Fellows (centre) with daughters Amy Harris and Jo Fellows

Sisters Diane Traynor, of Widnes and Sandra Brown, of Runcorn were running their 18th race as they had lost lots of people to the disease. Anne Darwin, of Harwarden, sporting jazzy sunglasses, said: “I do it every year."

Brio Leisure leaders were there at the start to warm up the runners and Heart Northwest were on hand to encourage the runners and walkers as they crossed the finishing line.

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