Gallery/Video: The women of Suffolk raise money for Cancer Research UK with Pretty Muddy obstacle course

Pretty Muddy Race for Life at Trinity Park, Ipswich

Pretty Muddy Race for Life at Trinity Park, Ipswich - Credit: Lucy taylor

Women in pink descended on Ipswich’s Trinity Park at the weekend to show cancer who’s boss.

But many of them left in a slightly darker shade of clothing than they arrived in after taking part in the Pretty Muddy event.

Others decided to avoid the quagmire-ridden obstacle course and participate instead in the Race for Life.

Both events were fundraisers for Cancer Research UK, with Pretty Muddy taking place on Saturday and the Race for Life the following day.

The former was a 5km course while the latter offered both 5km and 10km distances.

Event manager Gill Burgess said more than 3,500 people took part over the two days – with even more coming as spectators and to enjoy the other activities put on by the charity.

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“It’s been an absolutely mammoth weekend,” she said. “There’s been a brilliant atmosphere, the people of Ipswich have come out in force to support Cancer Research UK.

“It’s been a lot of fun, a few tears, but a lot of celebration.”

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Mrs Burgess also thanked Trinity Park and the volunteers who helped run the event, saying the team of around 150 were the heroes of the event.

It is hoped the weekend’s events, both of which will return in 2016, will raise around £200,000.

Alison Wareham, from Ipswich, completed both 5km events, running as part of the Rococco team. She said: “We’ve all had people affected by cancer and we want to do our best to try and beat it. They were very different but both were really good.”

Teammate Jess Zampi, also from Ipswich, was running her first Race for Life and said: “It was very hard but enjoyable. It’s nice when you finish and I’m glad I did it.”

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