Video: Thousands take part in Race for Life

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About 3,000 women joined the fight against cancer as they took part in ace for Life at Burghley Park yesterday (Sunday).

The park was transformed into a sea of pink as women of all shapes and sizes took part in either a 5km or a 10km route at the popular annual event, which raises vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

Race For Life at Burghley Park - The participants gather in from of the stage'Photo: MSMP020612-0119js

Race For Life at Burghley Park - The participants gather in from of the stage'Photo: MSMP020612-0119js

The day began with a warm-up led by fitness trainer Sonia Cullington from Wow Fitness, who showed the runners how to perform the Cancer Slam. Heart Breakfast presenters Kev and Ros were also there hosting the event.

There was a minute’s silence while everyone reflected on why they were running. A Handful of Harmonies also performed for the runners.

Janine Stead, from Easton-on-the-Hill, who has battled cancer herself gave a speech on why the money raised at Race for Life is so important.

East Midlands events manager Julie Braithwaite said it was a fantastic day.

She said: “We were at full capacity and everyone had a fabulous day. Obviously we were blessed with some glorious sunshine which made Burghley House even more beautiful.

“It was a really lovely day. We were really pleased with how it went.”

Julie thanked all the volunteers who helped out on the day, in particular people who helped following call outs from the stage.

She is now calling for all the participants to return their sponsorship money.