Gallery: Hundreds hit the beach at Race For Life

PUBLISHED: 09:49 18 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:49 18 July 2015

Weston Race for Life.

Weston Race for Life.

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HUNDREDS of women whose lives have been touched by cancer donned colourful running gear for a sponsored run to raise money into medical research.

Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life events take place annually around the country, and the Weston beach run is often among the best supported.

It sees women and girls from across the town rallying friends, family and workmates to either take part or offer support through sponsorship.

That money then goes to help the charity’s studies into cancer treatment.

Many of the pink-clad runners were taking part for poignant personal reasons, after battling cancer themselves, or seeing loved ones fight against it.

Among them was Weston’s Hannah Farnell, who signed up to take part with step-mum Rachel Fleming – only for Rachel to die just a few weeks ahead of the race at the age of just 51.

Hannah, aged 28, is still coming to terms with the loss, but bravely tackled the 5km course on her own.

She says she was inspired and encouraged by those who sponsored her every step.

The mum-of-three says she shared a special bond with Rachel, and had been shocked when she broke the news last October that she had mouth cancer.

Hannah said: “I loved her so much. She was warm, caring and she could make me laugh so much.

“We were due to take part in Race for Life together as she was sure she would pull through and fought so hard to make it happen.

“When she was diagnosed with mouth cancer our family couldn’t believe it.

“Everything seemed to happen so quickly. She sadly died on June 4 and I still can’t believe she is not with us.

“It was an aggressive cancer and I want people to know how important research is if we are to ensure others don’t die unnecessarily.

“Taking part in Race For Life without Rachel by my side was hard. But if we are to find cures for cancer then returning sponsorship money is vital so important research can be continued to help other families stay together.”

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