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GALLERY: Hundreds take part in Cartmel Race for Life
A spectacular sea of pink lit up a South Lakeland village this morning as hundreds of women took part in the Race for Life.
Raising money for Cancer Research UK, young and old donned their feather boas and sparkly head gear ready to run, jog or walk around Cartmel Racecourse.
Among those taking part in the event were Carole Slater and Linda Patrick, who are good friends from Haverthwaite.
Carole said: “We are here today for family and friends, and because we would like to see cancer cured. We can only get there by donating and putting the effort in.”
Also in the crowd were Tegan Brown, of Windermere and her 13-year-old niece, Stephanie Hughes, who lives in Windermere.
Tegan said: “My sister had cancer five years ago and survived, but my grandma died of cancer. So we have come here to jog together for them.”
To get everybody ready for their five kilometres, a group warm-up took place which also saw Tim Farron dancing on stage.
The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale was there with his wife, 10-year-old daughter and friends who were all preparing for the race.
He said: “My wife Rosie and I both lost our mums to cancer, so Rosie and my daughter are running for them.
“It’s a superb turn out and a fantastic setting. People are moaning about the weather but it’s perfect for running in – just a little bit of drizzle.”
After their squats, star jumps and stretches the pink parade headed to the starting line, where bowel cancer survivor Maggie Harrison sounded the horn to begin the race.
Maggie, who also volunteers at a Cancer Research shop in Barrow wanted to say thank you to all those participating.
“It’s the money that comes from events like this that funded the drugs that saved my life, so I thank all the ladies who have turned out. It’s a brilliant atmosphere here today and Cartmel is a great venue,” she said.
It is estimated that the women who raced today will have raised £69,000 to help beat cancer.