700 women take on Race For Life in Weston-super-Mare - can you spot yourself in these pictures?
PUBLISHED: 12:34 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:34 03 July 2017
Hundreds of women were part of an 'electric atmosphere' as they got together in the Race For Life run on Weston-super-Mare's seafront.
Despite some wet weather and grey skies, more than 700 women and girls took to the Beach Lawns as part of Cancer Research UK’s 5k on June 28.
Brenda Scott, Cancer Research UK’s events manager for the South West, said: “Life-saving research is being funded right now thanks to the women of Weston running, jogging or walking at Race For Life.
“The atmosphere on the day was electric – full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter – as hundreds of like-minded ladies came together to unite in the fight against cancer.
“Now we’re asking everyone who took part, and all the friends, family and colleagues who pledged to sponsor them, to return the money they’ve raised as soon as possible.”
One in two people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s.
The charity spent around £2million in the South West last year, which went towards some of the country’s leading scientific and clinical research.
The Race For Life entry fee only covers the cost of the event, so those who took part are being urged to send in their sponsorship money as soon as possible.
Dr Áine McCarthy, Cancer Research UK’s senior science communications officer, said: “The advances we’ve made since Race for Life started in 1994 show we are moving in the right direction.
“Thanks to new treatments and improvements in early diagnosis, more people are surviving cancer today than ever before.
“But too many lives are still lost. There are hundreds of types of cancer and we need continued investment in research to help us find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat them all.
“That’s why we need everyone who took part in Race for Life in Weston to take the vital last step by returning their sponsorship money so that our scientists, doctors and nurses can continue to make vital strides forward in research.”
Pictures will be available in the Weston Mercury on Thursday.