Fundraisers race for life

VIDEO THOUSANDS of female fundraisers from across the county are today celebrating after raising a whopping £150,000 for a good cause.Held last night at Trinity Park, Ipswich, 2,000 women took part in the Race For Life event in aid of Cancer Research UK.

THOUSANDS of female fundraisers from across the county are today celebrating after raising a whopping £150,000 for a good cause.

Held last night at Trinity Park, Ipswich, 2,000 women took part in the Race For Life event in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Once under starter's orders the runners completed a five-kilometre run around the park egged on by hundreds of spectators.

Among those running was Marie Hadley, 37, of Mildmay Road, in the Nacton Road area of Ipswich. She said: “I am running with my daughter Stacey and my sister-in-law Lynn Button. We wanted to raise money and our employers the Co-op will match everything we raise.”

On her back Marie sported a piece of paper saying she was running in memory of Sue, her sister-in-law and her Uncle Victor.

Marie said: “Sue was only 30 when he died of cancer and my uncle died of cancer, so it has affected our family. We are hoping to raise about £300.”

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Mrs Button said: “It is a really good cause and we did the Race For Life two years ago. It's a brilliant atmosphere and the spectators keep you going.”

Organiser Heidi Connell, national events executive for Cancer Research UK said: “It has had a unique atmosphere and it's a phenomenal experience for those running for the first time.

“It's very moving to see the signs on people's backs reminding us how many people have been affected by cancer. This has been a fantastic event where people have come together for one reason, to find a cure for this disease faster.”

Cancer Research UK has raised £60 million through Race For Life events held across the UK.

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