A sea of pink dominated Chester Racecourse yesterday as thousands of women united for Cancer Research UK’s annual Race for Life.

Mighty mums, gutsy grandmothers and feisty friends gathered at the Roodee in their bid to raise money for the charity by completing a 5k run.  

More than 3200 women of all ages ran, walked and in some instances, even danced their way through the event which aims to raise vital money to fund life-saving cancer research.

 

Flintshire Chronicle reporter Sam Yarwood was one of the participants, running in honour of her aunt who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and brave Chester toddler Anya Bentham, who has spent the majority of her short life battling neuroblastoma.

Sam, who completed the race in just 35 minutes, said: “It was very hard and the sun made it more difficult.

“The hardest part was getting to Grosvenor Park and realising we had only done 3k and had to keep going!

“But it was really lovely to be running through Chester and seeing so many people cheering us on,”

Liz Booth, Race For Life's Event Manager for Chester, described the event as a ‘fantastic day, full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter.’

“I want to say a heartfelt ‘thanks’ to everyone who took part in Race for Life, and their supporters, as well as our heroic volunteers,” she said.

“It really was a wonderful day. Now I’m asking all the women who took part - and all the friends, family and colleagues who pledged to sponsor them - to transform their passion into progress by returning the money they’ve raised as soon as possible.

“Cancer Research UK doesn’t receive any Government funding for its ground-breaking work.

“So every single individual contribution matters.  It enables our researchers to help more men, women and children in Cheshire survive this devastating disease.”

Liz added: “Many people don’t realise that their entry fee only covers the cost of the event. It’s the sponsorship money that really makes a difference. “So, whatever the amount, we’re asking everyone to make every effort to return their sponsorship money as soon as possible. It can be paid in online, by phone or by cheque.”

For information on returning sponsorship money, or to make a donation, visit www.raceforlife.org

To view our gallery of runners from Ellesmere Port click here.