Women unite in Race for Life

PUBLISHED: 10:25 13 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

MORE than 600 women of all ages gathered at an Ipswich park united against one of the world's biggest killers.

As Race for Life began at Chantry Park, the atmosphere appeared to be light-hearted.

MORE than 600 women of all ages

gathered at an Ipswich park united against one of the world's biggest killers.

As the Race for Life began at Chantry Park, the atmosphere appeared to be light-hearted.

But underneath the smiles and laughter each jogger had a serious and common goal.

Spurred on by their own tales of tragedy and heroism, children, parents and grandparents completed a three-mile route around the park in aid of Cancer Research.

Some had lost friends of family to the disease,

others were cancer survivors who walked or jogged a two-lap route.

The event started with a 15-minute warm-up led by Ipswich freelance instructor Mike Wiggins.

Spurred on by family, friends joggers of all fitness levels pounded their way around the park in the hope of raising a total of £30,000 .

Clare McCrow, 22, race organiser for Cancer Research, was delighted with the turnout, which was double last year's figure.

Devastatingly, she lost her dad Roger, 52, from a brain tumour and mother Janet, 49, from breast cancer within the space of a year.

She said: "All of these people here today have their own personal cause.

"I know how these people feel and all have one

reason – which is to find a cure for cancer.

"After my loss it is my way of helping. I am doing this for my parents and doing them proud."

She was delighted with the turnout, especially as compared to last year, when 326 women raised £17,048.

"It is reassuring to see so many people here today," said Clare. "I am really chuffed. The weather has been good too."

Past marathon runner Lynn Foster, 47, came from Colchester for the event, hoping to raise £100.

She said: "I think everybody knows someone who has had some form of cancer. My friend had breast cancer which cleared up, which shows all the research they are doing is good."

Maggie Ling, 38, of Ipswich, attended with her sister Elaine Turner, 41, and niece Amy Turner, 12, from Waldringfield. Together they hoped to raise just over £350.

Maggie, of Heath Road, said: "I just wanted to help raise money for Cancer Research as my dad had bowel cancer and my grandad had throat cancer." .

Elaine and Amy Turner raised £227 by collecting around the village.

They also ran in memory of friend Stuart Francis, deputy head at Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge, who lost a 21-month battle with cancer at the age of 51.

June Quinton, 62, of Alan Road, Ipswich, lost her mother two years ago to cancer. She herself suffered from breast cancer, from which she recovered. She raised £60.

She said:"I will walk the route. It will be a struggle, but it's worth it."

The Ipswich race, sponsored by Tesco and in

association with The Evening Star, was one of 100 across the country aiming to raise £12million for Cancer Research.

Brand manager Austen Dack said: "It's good to be involved with the Race for Life. There was double the number of runners than last year and it's good to see we have raised lots of money for a massively important charity."

All participants received a medal, a goody bag and water.

Organisers thanked the Star and all those who took part and helped on the day, including SGR, the Sea Company Royal Anglian Cadets and Holbrook Guards and St John Ambulance.

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