CHESTER Racecourse is to play host to a large number of runaway brides in aid of a worthy cause.

The bridal fun run, to take place on September 12, is open to anyone who has a wedding dress or bridesmaid dress, including men prepared to dress up as well.

Fundraising participants will be completing laps of the racecourse and Victoria Gildea, who has been organising the event, said all profits will be going toward a charity set up in her late sister-in-law’s name.

Victoria, 30, of Tegid Way, Saltney, said: “The money will be going toward the Angela Gildea Memorial Fund at the Countess of Chester Hospital’s Breast Cancer Care Unit.

“Most women have a wedding dress or a bridesmaid dress in their wardrobe and we are encouraging them to take part and have fun. The event costs £5 to enter, which covers sponsorship, refreshments and a memento of the day, and whatever is left over will go straight to charity.”

The memorial fund was set up in tribute to Angela, who died in 2002 from breast cancer at the age of 32 following a five-month battle with the disease.

Since then, family and friends have raised more than £80,000 for the fund, which helped pay for improved equipment at the hospital.

Following the fun run, there will be a celebration at the Oddfellows Arms, Frodsham Street.

Chinese lanterns will also be available for purchase at the event, in memory of lost loved ones, priced £2.

For more information about the event, or for details on taking part, telephone Victoria on 07504 684714 or email