Picture gallery: Weekend fun in the sun as thousands take part in Race for Life in Northampton

Thousands of women of all ages joined together to run in the sun this weekend as they took part in the Northampton Race for Life.

The annual Cancer Research UK event took place at Abington Park yesterday (Sunday) with runners, joggers and walkers painting the park pink during both the 5k and 10k races.

Start of the 10k Race for Life at Abington Park, Northampton. NNL-150706-173704009

Start of the 10k Race for Life at Abington Park, Northampton. NNL-150706-173704009

Some spectacular fancy dress efforts were made as groups, families and individuals came to support the charity, most in memory of loved ones who have been affected by cancer.

Michelle Leighton, Cancer Research UK’s Northampton event manager, said: “Race for Life is non-competitive. It’s not about being fit or fast. Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun. Or they can choose to jog, run or even dance around the course if they prefer.”

Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, raises millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding life-saving research for the 67 people which are diagnosed with the disease every day in the East Midlands.

Last year, 4,830 women took part in Race for Life in Northampton and raised a fantastic £271,000.

Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across Northamptonshire.

Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. But more funds and more supporters are needed to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Michelle continued: “Race for Life is to celebrate those who are with us, and also remember those who are not. The atmosphere is electric, our participants are so inspiring.”