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Thousands take part in Ipswich Cancer Research UK Race for Life at Trinity Park

PUBLISHED: 16:41 19 June 2016 | UPDATED: 17:05 19 June 2016

Hundreds of people took part in the Race for Life 2016 at Trinity Park in Ipswich  on Sunday 19th June.
L-R Megan Tredeant, Tanya Tokley, Rebecca Tredant, Laura Jones.

Hundreds of people took part in the Race for Life 2016 at Trinity Park in Ipswich on Sunday 19th June. L-R Megan Tredeant, Tanya Tokley, Rebecca Tredant, Laura Jones.

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Trinity Park was awash with thousands of pink shirts this weekend as the Cancer Research UK's Race for Life returned to Ipswich.

An estimated 4,000 people took part over the two days – with Saturday hosting the Pretty Muddy 5k before Sunday’s 5k and 10k events.

Leander Platten, east area events manager for Cancer Research UK, said: “It’s been a brilliant atmosphere – there’s been lots of families and a really good team spirit.

“All the ladies have this sisterhood, this camaraderie, where they all help each other out, and it’s testament to Ipswich that such big numbers have come along.”

Many who take part have friends or family members who have suffered from cancer, making the event one that is very personal for so many people.

Sam Catling, 26, who was running her third event, said: “I had cancer when I was 22 so I am three years clear now. As a survivor I do it just to give back to the charity that saved my life.”

Wetheringsett-based Maureen Barker, who has also completed the Norwich Race for Life before taking on the Bury St Edmunds event this weekend, added: “My husband has cancer, and I have quite a few friends and family members I have lost to cancer, so this is a really fun way of being able to raise cash for a really good cause. Cancer just needs to be fought.”

The cause is hoping to raise £230,000 over the course of the weekend, but is urging people to make sure they submit their sponsorship forms – no matter how much or little has been raised.

Mr Platten added: “One in three don’t return their sponsorship forms, so people don’t need to be embarrassed about how much they have raised, or embarrassed to chase people for sponsorship – it all adds up.”

For more exclusive photographs from the event, see tomorrow’s East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star.

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