Video: Sun shines as 3,000 women take part in Race for Life in Stamford

MORE than 3,000 women took part in Race for Life at Burghley House on Sunday.

The sun shone over the grounds as women of all sizes, shapes and ages, ran, walked or jogged the 5km or 10km routes.

Runners at the start of Race for Life at Burghley Park. Photo: SM130512-001ow

Runners at the start of Race for Life at Burghley Park. Photo: SM130512-001ow

The park was transformed into a sea of pink with many of the participants sporting tutus and wigs, carrying pom poms or even wearing fancy dress.

The day began with a warm-up led by fitness trainer Sonia Cullington from Wow Fitness and there was a minute’s silence while everyone reflected on why they were running.

There were also stalls selling refreshments, children’s games and a stall selling pink gerberas to raise money for charity.

Everyone who took part in the course received a commemorative medal and a goodie bag for their efforts.

The event is held annually to raise money for Cancer Research UK and area event manager Julie Braithwaite said the Stamford race is estimated to raise about £250,000.

She said: “We have been really blessed with the weather although there were some muddy patches on the course.

“We were a little bit down on numbers but to get 3,000 women here is still a fantastic achievement and everyone who took part should be so proud of themselves.”

Julie has been working for Cancer Research UK for three years and she said Race for Life never fails to make her feel proud of women everywhere.

She said: “When you stand on the stage and you look out and see so many women, it makes you feel proud to be a woman.

“You can’t be cynical about an event like today because it is just so fantastic. Words cannot express how great a day it is.”

She urged everyone to now return their sponsorship money as soon as possible.

Julie said: “It would be fantastic to get a 100 per cent return rate from the people of Stamford. Every penny goes towards Cancer Research UK’s vital work.”

She also thanked everyone who volunteered on the day.

Four members of staff from the Mercury took part and have so far raised more than £255. Donations are still being taken at www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/mercury1712