Photo gallery: Thousands pull together to fight cancer at Race for Life

Donna Dean (smurf) with her daughters Bethany and Abby with Tilly Marcelli (Minnie Mouse) and her da

Donna Dean (smurf) with her daughters Bethany and Abby with Tilly Marcelli (Minnie Mouse) and her daughter Honey - Credit: Archant

The Royal Norfolk Showground was turned into a sea of pink today when thousands of women took part in the annual Race for Life.

Colman Junior School staff take part in Race for Life on Saturday, May 18.

Colman Junior School staff take part in Race for Life on Saturday, May 18. - Credit: Archant

The rain clouds stayed away as more than 4,000 women donned their trainers to run, jog and walk 10k or 5k to raise thousands of pounds to help beat cancer.

Race for Life on Saturday, May 18.

Race for Life on Saturday, May 18. - Credit: Archant

Several women took part who had been personally affected by cancer with many carrying messages to loved-ones on their backs for the charity event for Cancer Research UK.

Organisers hailed the success of the 2013 event, with more than 3,000 women set to take part in another 5k run at the showground tomorrow.

Gemma Turpin, Race for Life event manager, said she hoped the event will raise more than £600,000 for the charity to fund research into finding a cure to beat cancer.


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'It has been fantastic and they have turned up in full force to show cancer who is boss. The weather has been on our side and it has been absolutely amazing.' 'Everyone has got a reason to take part. Some have beaten cancer, some are fighting it and others have lost a loved-one. It hits every generation and grannies and children have pulled together today to beat cancer.'

'This event has been going for nearly 16 years and they come back year after year and it is so worth it to see over 7,000 ladies come together to fight cancer. Without the sponsorship money we can not make a difference and we are urging people to get their sponsorship forms back to Cancer Research UK.'

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See Monday's paper for a eight page supplement of stories and pictures from the weekend's Race for Life events.

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