Thousands of women unite at Newbury's Race for Life
Pink 'army' Cancer Research fundraiser at Newbury showground
Thousands of women took part in Newbury's Race for Life yesterday morning (Sun), aiming to raise a target £120,000 for the charity Cancer Research UK.
The race took place at Newbury showground yesterday morning (Sun) in Hermitage, where a 1,869 women were entered - a figure down on last year's 2,047.
In warm, humid and sunny conditions, they set off at 11am in series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy and Marathon events, to walk, jog or run around the course.
Among them was Brenda Moore, of Penwood Heights near Newbury, as part of an 11-strong group representing Newbury MG Club, with ages ranging from 55 to 71 and who raised over £2,000, after throwing themselves into the spirit of the event, wearing pink, flashing rabbit ears.
Mrs Moore - who jogged the race carrying a pole with "Newbury MG Club" written on it - said they linked arms for the pre-race warm-up which she described as "Akin to the Specsaver's advert, where a young keep fit instructor goes into an old people's home," adding "We tried to keep up with this energetic lady on stage."
Some 2,000 women gathered were inspired, she continued, prior to the start of the race, after a letter was read out by race organisers to the assembled crowd, describing a woman's recovery from breast cancer.
Fiona Miller, Race for Life event manager for Newbury, said: “I want to say a heartfelt ‘thanks’ to everyone who took part in Race for Life, and their supporters, as well as our heroic volunteers."
Urging those who entered to gather and return their sponsorship monies as soon as possible, to aid the charity's vital research work, Ms Miller added:
“It was a fantastic day, full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter as over 1800 women joined forces to beat cancer sooner.
For information on returning sponsorship money, or to make a donation, visit www.raceforlife.org.
For a further report on Newbury's Race for Life - including extensive photographic coverage of Sunday's event - pick up a copy of the Newbury Weekly News on Thursday July 9 (published every Thursday).