Thousands take part in Race for Life

THOUSANDS of women braved the sweltering conditions yesterday morning to take part in Colchester's Race for Life.

James Hore

THOUSANDS of women braved the sweltering conditions yesterday morning to take part in Colchester's Race for Life.

The event, which raises money for Cancer Research UK, was held in lower Castle Park.

There was a party atmosphere during the warm up for the big event which saw entrants completing a five kilometre trek around the scenic route.

It is the tradition for the women taking part to write who they are running for on their tops, adding a lot of emotion to the day.

Yesterday's red hot conditions made it as tougher for those taking part, but the course was lined with well-wishers cheering on their family and friends.

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This year's target was a massive £136,000 and organisers were hopeful last night that they had managed to raise that amount.

The Race for Life began in 1994 to raise funds for Cancer Research UK charity's work and is now the biggest women-only fundraising event in the country.

More than three million women have raised more than £200 million through the event which is open to women of all levels of fitness. There is no prize for first place and many participants choose to walk the course.

Last year, 665,000 women took part in 280 venues across the UK between May and July and this year the charity hopes to encourage even more women to take part.

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