THOUSANDS visited the Arrow Valley Park on Sunday (June 12) making it a sea of pink as Redditch women took on the Race For life challenge.
Mum, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends hit the track in a united mission to beat cancer sooner by raising money for Cancer Research UK.
The ladies also write their messages to loved ones and told their stories on a large board as inspiration for the runners.
Redditch Ladies Circle and Tangent volunteered at the event where they marshaled and sold items to raise even more money for the cause.
Organisers gave a heartfelt thank you those who took part and are now urging all those who took part to send in the kind-hearted donations they gathered as soon as possible so it can fund further developments in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
Katy Barley, Race for Life event manager for Redditch, said: “We are so grateful to everyone who took part in Race for Life.
“It was a fantastic day, full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter as hundreds of women joined forces to conquer cancer.
“Many people don’t realise their entry fee only covers the cost of the event. It’s the sponsorship money that really makes a difference. So, whatever the amount, we’re asking everyone to make every effort to return their sponsorship money as soon as possible. It can be paid in online, by phone, by cheque or in person at a Cancer Research UK shop.”
Nell Barrie, Cancer Research UK, said: “We want to see people with every type of cancer, including those that are hard to treat, get a good chance of living a long healthy life. The advances we’ve made since Race for Life started in 1994 show we are moving in the right direction.
“But each year more and more people are diagnosed with cancer, so there’s still much more to do. That’s why we need everyone who took part in Race for Life in Redditch to take the vital last step by returning their sponsorship money so that our scientists, doctors and nurses can make strides forward in research.”
To donate visit visit www.raceforlife.org and too see more pictures go to www.facebook.com/redditchladiescircle2