Gallery/Video: Race for Life boosts Cancer Research at Chantry Park in Ipswich

Thousands of women turn out for Race for Life 2013 Chantry Park, Ipswich

Thousands of women turn out for Race for Life 2013 Chantry Park, Ipswich - Credit: Archant

More than 2,000 women and girls took part in the Race for Life at Chantry Park – raising about £130,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Most of those taking part in the event had a personal connection with the disease, either having recovered from it themselves or knowing people who had suffered from it.

The event, as always, was accompanied by bright colours, loud music, and a determination not to be beaten by the disease.

Organiser Gemma Turpin said the weather was a real bonus – with Saturday’s rain giving way to a gentle breeze which was able to keep the competitors cool.

She said: “We have a fantastic turnout – looking at all the people here. We need as much money as we can raise to help in the fight against cancer.”

One battle she has every year is collecting all the money that has been pledged – last year about a third of the competitors did not return their sponsorship.

Ms Turpin said: “It is vital we get all the money in as soon as possible. We should be getting about the £130,000 mark from this event.”

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Among those taking part in the event was Claire Lemondine-Martin who was joined by family and friends from the Debenham area.

She is a regular at the event, but last year was unable to take part because she was having treatment for ovarian cancer.

She said: “It is a good cause and we have all come together to take part. It is particularly close to my heart.”

Although the Race for Life is not really competitive, there is always a keen interest to see who is the first across the line.

This year the first to complete the 5k course around the park was 14-year-old Westbourne Academy student Lucy Brighty, from Castle Hill in Ipswich, who completed the course in about 22 minutes.

She does most of her training at school but also does some running on Saturdays as well.

She was taking part to support her uncle Stuart Bailey who was successfully treated for cancer several years ago.

Lucy said: “I’ve taken part before but it is really good to have come first. I love running and we have some really enthusiastic people at school who encourage me to do this.”

But the really important message after a very successful event came from Gemma Turpin: “Get your sponsorship back to us! We need every penny pledged.”

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