Photo gallery: Houghton Hall hosts latest Race for Life

They came along armed with pink wigs, pink tutus, pink hats and - most importantly - their running shoes.

More than 2,000 Norfolk women of all ages got together yesterday (Tuesday) in aid of Cancer Research UK to take part in the county's latest Race For Life event.

Running through the stunning grounds of the stately Houghton Hall, between Fakenham and King's Lynn, some took part in the 5km race in memory of a loved one while others simply wanted to do their bit for a good cause.

Organiser Vicki Brown said the West Norfolk event was growing each year. She said: 'This is the biggest year yet. We had a total of 2,315, which has gone up by about 100 from last year.

'Word gets about and it's such a nice event. Houghton Hall is a gorgeous backdrop to walk, jog or run around.'

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Miss Brown said Cancer Research UK hoped to raise more than �100,000 just from last night's event and urged everyone who took part to send in their sponsorship money.

She said: 'We estimate one in three people don't hand in their money. It's easy to forget about it - everyone's lives are so busy. Some people may think 'it's only �10' but we urge every to send it in. It doesn't matter how small the amount, it all adds up.'

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Lord Cholmondeley, who owns the estate at Houghton, allows Race for Life to use the site for free. Last night was the fifth year the event had taken place at the hall.

Across the UK, there are more than 300 Race for Life events taking place and, since it began in 1994, runners and walkers have raised a staggering �362m towards cancer research.

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