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Race For Life 2009

Event, York, North Yorkshire

5,000 Ladies In York's Race For Life

About 5,000 ladies of all ages and fitness levels took part in York's Cancer Research 'Race For Life' event today (Sunday 28 June 2009).

The event which took place at a very warm York Racecourse was a 5 km run, jog or walk around the York Knavesmire.

Split into morning and afternoon races with about 2,500 ladies entering each. I went along to the afternoon event scheduled for a 2.30 pm race start.

Arriving at the racecourse at about 15 minutes before 2 pm, I was greeted by the large crowd of cheerful ladies, many dressed in pink and a supporting crowd of around the same number, made up mainly of family and friends of the participants or supporters of the charity.

It was a real carnival atmosphere and from a stage vantage point, I managed to get a few shots of the pre race warm up. Then under the instructions of Cancer Research's very own Jenny Key (Event Organiser), the ladies took their positions for the start of the race.

BBC Radio York's Dougie Weake got them on their way and 2,500 smiling faces set off with two missions in mind. To have some fun and raise some cash for Cancer Research at the same time.

As the participants disappeared out of view, Dougie kept the spectator crowd in the picture with his commentary and entertained us with his off the cuff humour, and he was there at the finish line to greet all of the ladies as they finished.

It would be considered good journalism to wait until I had the names of the race winner, especially seen as I was there to snap her taking the pink tape, but on this occasion there were thousands of winners, all crossing the line at intervals.

Well done ladies!



Some facts

York's Cancer Research and Race For life: Last year, 5,514 women ran, jogged and walked at the York event, raising £306,470. This year's target for York is: £360,000.

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading independent charity dedicated to cancer research.

The Race for Life story:

Race for Life is the largest women-only fund-raising event in the UK.

Since 1994, women of all ages and fitness levels across the UK have come together at these inspiring events.

Some take part in celebration of surviving a cancer experience. Others take part in memory of a loved one or to give hope to a cancer-free future. But all of them share a common goal: to raise money for Cancer Research UK's pioneering work to beat cancer.

Every pound raised in sponsorship goes towards their vital work. This includes funding the work of over 4,500 scientists, doctors and nurses who are dedicated to help more people beat cancer.

So far four million women have helped to continue Cancer Research UK's lifesaving work by raising over £240 million in sponsorship for our events.

Race for Life events take place between May and July and are open to women across the UK. There is no prize for first place - you can walk, jog or run the 5k course. Almost half of Race for Life participants chose to walk at their event.

This year, it is hoped that 680,000 women will do something amazing and come together to raise £62.5 million to help beat cancer. To find out more, please visit: http://www.raceforlife.org/

Race For Life Website: http://www.raceforlife.org/

 

 

 

 

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