Thousands raise cash for cancer research

GALLERY They've raced for life and they've run for Moore.Thousands of dedicated fundraisers turned up at the town's Chantry Park yesterday to raise vital cash to help the fight against cancer.

THEY'VE raced for life and they've run for Moore.

Thousands of dedicated fundraisers turned up at the town's Chantry Park yesterday to raise vital cash to help the fight against cancer.

Women taking part in Race for Life were clad in bright pink clothes while the men wore T-shirts in tribute to the former England football captain, Bobby Moore, as part of the Run for Moore event.

The hugely successful event saw 2,500 women and 350 men come together to walk, jog or run five kilometres and raise around £172,000 for Cancer Research UK.

One of the runners, Sam Combs, 38, of Woodbridge, said she was taking part because she had been a victim of cancer herself.

She said: “I've had breast cancer and so have my mum's family. It makes me really want to take part as it is a very good cause and it gets everyone raising money to help others.

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“I'm really looking forward to running; it's a great day.”

The women set off at 11am and once they had finished the course it was the turn of the men who began at 2pm.

Jerry Rowe, 43, of Felixstowe Road in Ipswich, said he was running because his girlfriend's dad had died of cancer.

He added: “It is a very important cause. Hopefully I'll raise a couple of hundred pounds.

“It is a great day with a very fun atmosphere which makes me really look forward to the race.

“I'm definitely pleased I'm here.”

Ipswich's Race for Life event manager, Gemma Turpin, said: “The women and men of Ipswich deserve a really big thank you for creating such a great atmosphere and helping make the event so special.

“I hope everyone who took part in Race for Life and Run for Moore at Chantry Park really enjoyed themselves - everyone was in a party mood on the day and it looked like everyone had a fantastic time.”

There are still places available to take part in Race for Life at Trinity Park in Ipswich on Wednesday, July 9.

Did you take part in Race For Life of Run For Moore? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

Race for Life

Cancer Research UK's Race for Life involves running, jogging or walking a five kilometre course Race for Life began in 1994 to raise funds for the charity's work to help beat cancer.

It is now the biggest women-only fundraising event in the UK.

To date 3.4 million women have raised more than £200 million for Cancer Research UK.

Run for Moore

Run for Moore was established in 2006 in order to help raise funds through a series of five kilometre races for the Bobby Moore Fund's research into bowel cancer.

The Bobby Moore Fund was set in 1993 by the wife of England's World Cup winning captain, Bobby Moore, who died of bowel cancer aged 51.

Since it was first held Run for Moore has raised more than £450,000 for bowel cancer research.

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