Women set for Sunday’s Race for Life in Stamford

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SUPERMARKET workers, hair stylists, a customer adviser and even the Mercury’s editor will be among thousands taking part in Race for Life.

About 600 women are expected to take part in the 10k event on Saturday in Burghley Park in Stamford, which starts at 2pm, while about 3,000 women will walk, jog or run the 5k route on Sunday, at 11am.

Last year’s event in Stamford raised a staggering £225,000 for Cancer Research UK and organisers are hoping to top that figure.

Area event manager Hayley Gunn-Bruce said: “The ladies of Stamford are just so supportive of this event. I was there last year and the sight of all these ladies in pink or wearing fancy dress was just magnificent.

“It is really emotional seeing everyone’s back signs and the atmosphere is amazing. Burghley Park is a beautiful location.

“I think it’s going to be another absolutely brilliant year in Stamford and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the sun shines on the day.”

Among those taking part will be a Mercury team, led by editor Eileen Green.

Staff from Tesco supermarket in South Street, Oakham, will be taking part in the events. Shop assistant Debbie Pagan, who is leading the group of 14, has run it for six years.

She said: “All of us know people or have had family members that have been affected by cancer so it is a worthwhile cause.”

Seven hair stylists from Gerards hair and beauty in The George Hotel Mews in Stamford are taking part for the first time.

Manager Nicola Hibbitt said: “Working with a lot of women, we hear stories of customers being affected by cancer. We will be walking the route but it’s the taking part that counts. We are looking forward to the day.”

Norwich and Peterborough Building Society customer adviser Debbie Smith, who works at the Market Deeping branch, is also leading a team of mums, who all have children in Year 1 at Northborough Primary School.

Debbie said: “This is going to be my third year of taking part in Race for Life. It’s a brilliant experience and it’s difficult to describe the atmosphere of the event.”

At the events, there will be warm-ups led by a fitness trainer, children’s activities, mini massages and Jem’s Hip Hop will perform. New for this year will be the Race for Life boutique selling merchandise exclusive to the Stamford event including T-shirts listing all the names of the entrants.

Entry for the events has closed but anyone who cannot take part is being urged to volunteer at one of the races. Anyone wishing to volunteer should e-mail gemma.cookham@cancer.org.uk.

To sponsor the Mercury team visit www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/mercury1695.