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Gallery/video: Trinity Park, Ipswich, holds first Race For Life “Pretty Muddy” event

PUBLISHED: 15:10 08 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:10 08 September 2014

Race for Life Pretty Muddy event at Trinity Park, Ipswich

Race for Life Pretty Muddy event at Trinity Park, Ipswich

More than 3,500 women teamed up to show cancer who was boss as part of an inaugural fundraiser.

Reporter Callum Maclean went to Trinity Park in Ipswich to find out more about Race for Life’s ‘Pretty Muddy’ event.

Cancer, we’re coming to get you.

That was the message emblazoned across the front of thousands of pink T-shirts that later turned to a shade of brown as part of Ipswich’s first Race For Life “Pretty Muddy” event.

More than 3,500 women took part in the event, which kept the same 5km Race for Life format, but with 10 obstacles to tackle along the muddy course at Trinity Park.

The aim was to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

There was a festival feel as women of all ages got involved, smiling throughout – from the taking part in the aerobic exercises before setting off on the course, to making their way down the last obstacle, an inflatable slide leading into a pool of muddy water just metres from the finish line.

A common sight after the race was white towels being ruined and car seats lined with bin bags for when the muddy competitors made their way home. Gemma Turpin, senior area events manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “£157,000 should be raised just from this event. This whole event is about taking part.

“We’re all here to show cancer we’re coming to get it and we’re going to beat it.

“It’s a brand new event and the ladies are loving it. It’s fantastic, the sponsorship money is making a difference.

“All the money is for our scientists and our doctors so we can bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

“It’s great to see everyone doing something different.”

There was also a large volunteering aspect to the day as people came and helped the team, looking after bags and marshalling the course.

Ms Turpin added: “It wouldn’t happen without the volunteers, they’re cheering the ladies on, and squirting them with water and throwing mud at them.

“Everyone plays a part. It was great to see everyone supporting each other.”

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