July 29 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Sunday, July 14, 2013
THOUSANDS of women will wear pink and brave the hot weather this morning (Sunday) for the Stevenage Race for Life.
The annual fundraiser in aid of Cancer Research UK starts at 11am with runners and walkers setting off on either 5km or 10km routes around Fairlands Valley Park.
Stanborough Park, in Welwyn Garden City, was awash with pink last month, as thousands of women packed in for the Welwyn Hatfield Race For Life.
Organisers say the event exceeded expectations. It is hoped the event will top the charity’s £135,000 fundraising target.
Area event manager Rachel Parratt told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It was absolutely amazing, we were really, really pleased.
“We had more than our target of 2,100 competitors.
“It wasn’t a race, it was an enjoyable day out.”
A whopping 2,295 runners took part in the showpiece event.
As our pictures – taken by our photographer Harry Hubbard – show, women donned a wide variety of creative outfits as they took on the 5km course.
Rachel said: “We had a wide age range – there were even little babies who went around with their mums.
“There were a lot of groups taking part as well, the biggest group had about 100 members, who raised a lot of money between them.”
She added: “We’ve had amazing feedback, I was really, really pleased.”
This year’s turnout topped the 2012 figure, which saw 2,126 women take part, raising a bumper £140,000 for the fight against cancer.
* To see pictures from the Race for Life run, visit the galleries above right.