Almost 5,000 women braved the drizzle to join the fight against cancer at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at Tatton Park.
Runners, joggers and walkers, including cancer survivors and people taking part in memory or celebration of a loved one, took on the Pretty Muddy obstacle course on Saturday 24 or chose a 5k or 10k event on Sunday 25 June.
Organisers hope the event will raise £250,000 for Cancer Research UK. The charity spent over £26 million on research in Manchester last year.
Laura Taylor, Race for Life North West Event Manager, said: “The atmosphere has been electric – full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter as thousands of like-minded ladies came together to join the fight against cancer. I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the women who participated in Race for Life Tatton Park and to all their friends, family and colleagues for supporting them. Our participants play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into better treatments for patients in the North West and across the UK and we rely on their incredible commitment to the cause.”
Money raised through Race for Life helps Cancer Research UK to fund long-term research and pioneering trials, leading to new tests and kinder treatments which could save the lives of men, women and children across the North West and beyond.
Mum-of-two Kate Rackham from Urmston, Trafford, who is currently being treated for breast cancer, started the Pretty Muddy event before joining staff and mums from St Michael’s Primary School in Flixton to run as Nat’s Ninja’s to remember fellow mum Natalie Thomas who sadly died of a rare liver cancer just weeks after being diagnosed aged 42.
BBC 5 Live radio and BBC North West Tonight television Presenter Rachael Bland, 39, from Knutsford, who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer took part in and started Race for Life 5k.
Tatton Park Race for Life was the third in this year’s Greater Manchester calendar following events in Stockport and Leigh.
The city’s flagship Manchester Race for Life takes place on at Heaton Park, Prestwich, on July 8 and 9 and there is still time to sign up at raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770