Thousands of women defied wet conditions to make a stand against cancer at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough on Tuesday night (8 July).
While over 5,500 miles away a small team dressed in yellow capitulated in front of their own crowd, at Ferry Meadows almost 3,000 laid out in pink showed backbone and collective spirit to defeat a great enemy.
Together, they were looking to raise £138,870 for in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life event and help put an end to a disease which touches almost everyone.
Runners had the names of loved ones on their backs and many had personal stories about how cancer had rocked their lives.
Many came dressed up for the 5k run, egged on by a flow of positivity coming from the main stage where Heart 102.7 Breakfast Shgow presenters Kev Lawrence and Ros Webb were revving up the crowd who got all stuck into an aerobics warm-up.
The runners made their way to the front of the start line, followed by the joggers and walkers.
As they took off they were serenaded by the voices of singers Peter Jay and Della who belted out ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’ and ‘Rocking All Over The World.’
The winning time was 22:56 minutes, run by Emma whose grandad was in hospital. She was followed up a throng of pink, many of whom who were thrilled to beat personal best times.
“You see the spirit everyone is in. Despite the weather they are all here and dressed up in pink and they are ready to do raise lots of money for what is an amazing cause,” said Kev Larence, who lost his father to cancer.
“Even though it’s awful weather the atmosphere is electric and as settings go it doesn’t get any better than this.
“It’s almost like a pop concert as everyone is in such great spirits.”
That spirit was typified by cancer survivior Claire Tilley, from Netherton, who saw the runners and walkers on their way before joining in herself.
Race for Life are putting on over 230 events this year and organiser Julie Braithwaite was eager to praise the Ferry Meadows event, while reminding competitors to chase up their donations.
“It’s an amazing feeling watching this. Peterborough has a really warm community feel for it. We have amazing support, cadet groups taking part and loads of really great volunteers.”
Race for Life has been going on since 1994 and helps to raise money for over 200 different types of cancer.
Since then 7.1 million participants have raised £526 million for Cancer Research UK’s vital work.
More about Race for Life and Cancer Research UK