Norwich Race for Life 2018 Day Two - can you spot yourself in our picture gallery?
PUBLISHED: 15:21 13 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:04 14 May 2018
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For those who didn’t fancy the Pretty Muddy obstacle course at Norfolk Showground on Saturday, the Norwich Race for Life 5K and 10K races presented an opportunity to raise money in aid of Cancer Research UK and remember loved ones.
Just under 3,000 women turned out, despite the drizzle, to complete a sponsored run for Cancer Research UK on Sunday.
Congestion on the A47 between Norwich and the Showground meant the race was moved forward by 10 minutes.
Race manager Gemma Turpin said: “We started it later so no one would miss out on the beginning of the race. It’s been terrific today but I’m hopeful that the rain will stop!”
Nicky Morgan, 44, from Beccles, was volunteering at the Showground gates selling pink flowers for the Lauren Lou appeal, which raises money and awareness in aid of cancer charities.
She said: “This is my second year at Race for Life. Yesterday we sold eight buckets of flowers. They get bought by people supporting the runners to give them when they finish, but they also buy them for the people they’re running for who are sick, or in memory of them.”
Stephen Tearle, 28, from Braintree bought a flower for his sister Esther, who was running for their sister Esme who died aged 35 of cancer two months ago, having been diagnosed in late 2017.
He said: “I’m definitely proud of her, she’s not really a runner but she’s done really well. It means a lot to her.”
Something different this year was a group of volunteers from All Women Orchestra and Choir who played classical music next to the race course. It is the first time a string quartet and brass quartet have played at Race For Life.
The race, which is uncompetitive and can be completed at any speed, has also inspired a budding runner.
Hannah Tomlinson, 24, from Ormesby, started walking the Race for Life with her mother around eight years ago.
However, one year Miss Tomlinson decided to run the course, and last month completed the London Marathon.
She said: “Today I did the race in 32 minutes. I suppose it did get me into running.”
Cancer Research UK raises money to fund scientists, doctors and nurses to beat cancer, as well as provide public information.
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