Thousands of women gear up for Norwich Race for Life

The green fields of the Norfolk Showground will be awash with pink this weekend as thousands of women take part in a charity fun run.

This Saturday and Sunday the Race for Life is coming to Norwich again and more than 9,336 women –including cancer survivors and people taking part in memory or celebration of their loved ones – will walk, jog or run the 5k and 10k routes to raise money for life-saving research.

The Cancer Research UK event is a women-only series which raises millions of pounds every year for life-saving research into all cancers – helping men, women and children across the region.

And while it is only women and girls who will be running, plenty of men will be helping out and the whole family is invited to take part.

This year there will be activities for children, from face painting to bouncy castles, local gyms and stands offering massages.

It is not competitive and many women choose to walk the route, chatting and having fun.

In the hour it takes most participants to walk 5k, around two people will be diagnosed with cancer in the East of England. Vicki Brown, Race for Life event manager for Norfolk, said: 'Looking at all the 'back signs' that women wear at the event, declaring why they are taking part in Race for Life, is a very emotional experience.

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'Many have survived cancer themselves or are taking part in tribute to their loved ones whose lives have been touched by the disease.

'I feel so proud and grateful to everyone who is taking part in Race for Life in Norwich, and to all the family, friends and colleagues who are supporting them and helping to beat cancer.'

Organisers are hoping that participants at the Norwich event will raise �998,000 and women can boost their contribution to Cancer Research UK's work by doing a wardrobe-workout before their event.

The charity is encouraging them to bag up unwanted clothes, books and accessories and take them to the donation station at Race for Life. Each bag could help raise as much as an extra �30 for life-saving research.

Log on to www.edp24.co.uk over the weekend or buy Monday's edition of the EDP to see pictures and coverage of the event.

Send your pictures and stories from Race For Life to newsdesk@archant.co.uk.

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