Gallery: Thousands take part in charity fun run

MORE than 2,000 women raced for their lives yesterday to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

James Hore

MORE than 2,000 women raced for their lives yesterday to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

Cancer Research UK's flagship event, Race for Life, took place at the University of Essex in Wivenhoe Park, near Colchester.

Entrants run, jog or walk their way around a five-kilometre course and yesterday's spectacular followed on from two other Race for Life events held in Colchester's Castle Park in May.

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The entrants braved the unusually chilly conditions and were soon warmed up thanks to some pre-race entertainment and exercises before they set off.

Many of the women wore messages on their vests to show who they were running for, adding an extra poignancy to the fund-raising event.

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Family and friends were on hand to cheer the entrants on as they made their way around the course, set in the grounds of the university.

Organisers said they were hoping that this year's female-only “races” in Colchester would help smash the �140,000 fundraising target.

During the past 15 years four million women have raised over �240 million for Cancer Research UK's work.

A spokeswoman said: “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 our vital work. This includes funding the work of over 4,500 scientists, doctors and nurses who are dedicated to help more people beat cancer.”

Race for Life events take place between May and July and are open to women across the UK.

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