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article imageRace for life event attracts 3,000 girls raising money for cancer Special

By Kev Hedges     Jul 24, 2011 in Lifestyle
More than 3,000 women took part in a 5km (3.1 miles) race this Sunday raising thousands of pounds to go towards cancer research charities in the UK.
The venue for the race for life was in the picturesque valley of Fairlands in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. The women who took part wore mainly pink or magenta t-shirts and many were in fancy dress sporting a variety of tutus, wigs or zany headgear. Each runner wore a back sign, a way for them to dedicate their Race for Life in memory or in celebration of someone they know who has fought or still fighting cancer.
Woman of all ages ran 5k (3.1miles)
Woman of all ages ran 5k (3.1miles)
More than 3 000 women took part in Stevenage s Race for Life
More than 3,000 women took part in Stevenage's Race for Life
The weather turned out warm and sunny after a week of rain and cooler temperatures
The weather turned out warm and sunny after a week of rain and cooler temperatures
A long queue formed while thousands of women waited to begin their Race for Life.
A long queue formed while thousands of women waited to begin their Race for Life.
The UK charity, Cancer Research UK receives no government funding at all, so all monies raised are very much appreciated by events such as these. There was a wide range of ages taking part in Sunday's event from young girls to ladies in their eighties. Many elected to walk the 5km route, some had their child pushchairs with them, some walked their dogs and some walked round singing.
Walk  jog or run to help save more lives
Walk, jog or run to help save more lives
Ladies wore mostly pink as they ran  jogged or even walked around the beautiful Fairlands Valley
Ladies wore mostly pink as they ran, jogged or even walked around the beautiful Fairlands Valley
The finish line (and the start line also) showed the race goers clocked their time
The finish line (and the start line also) showed the race goers clocked their time
The weather was kind for the race after a week of rain and unseasonably cool temperatures the sun came out and temperatures were around normal for the time of year. A representation from the Army were on hand along with the St. John's Ambulance team distributing water at the half-way stage to the thirsty runners.
There were a parallel event taking place at the same time which was for the more serious and athletic ladies taking part in a 10km (6.2 miles) route.
5k is an achievable distance for most women. You would be surprised at how easily the distance can b...
5k is an achievable distance for most women. You would be surprised at how easily the distance can be covered
Many turned up in fancy dress and the whole event became a great way to socialise and meet friends.
Many turned up in fancy dress and the whole event became a great way to socialise and meet friends.
Every pound raised in sponsorship helps toward funding research
Every pound raised in sponsorship helps toward funding research
The event began with a belly dancing act and then organisers addressing the large gathering of contestants got everybody warmed up with some Zumba style exercises. Zumba is fast becoming a craze across Britain recently as it involves a fun-filled way to keep fit and lose weight.
The Race for Life testimony is: to Bring the girls together to take part in Race for Life. The sense of celebration, sisterhood the hope that it will make a girl's day out like no other with a truly unique atmosphere.
The race took most women around one hour to complete. However the competent runners were finishing i...
The race took most women around one hour to complete. However the competent runners were finishing in under half an hour.
The loneliness of a long distance runner. Many runners ran for a 10k (6.2 mile) route
The loneliness of a long distance runner. Many runners ran for a 10k (6.2 mile) route
After the race back signs were pinned on a wall. The back signs depicted who the runners were runnin...
After the race back signs were pinned on a wall. The back signs depicted who the runners were running in memory of.
Most of those taking part were encouraged to bring along friends, partners and family members for support. The events take place all over Britain and each event is very different with something for everyone to get involved with - a music stage, fun, children's stalls, a climbing wall, health information stands and games arenas all designed to make it a day to remember.
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