The power of pink at Peterborough Race For Life

Race for Life 2015 at Ferry Meadows. EMN-150707-220800009
Race for Life 2015 at Ferry Meadows. EMN-150707-220800009
1
Have your say

The spirit of the Peterborough community was alive and well when thousands of women took part in Race for Life and hundreds more lent a hand to run the event.

Ferry Meadows was transformed into a sea of pink as more than 2,000 women donned wigs, tutus and fairy wings to take part in the 5k course at Ferry Meadows on Tuesday night.

Race for Life 2015 at Ferry Meadows. EMN-150707-221350009

Race for Life 2015 at Ferry Meadows. EMN-150707-221350009

And hundreds more stepped up to ensure the safe running of the event after a last-minute call for volunteers on the night.

The event is expected to raise more than £145,000 for Cancer Research UK’s vital life-saving work.

Area event manager Julie Braithwaite said: “Everyone who took part, whether it be participants, sponsors or volunteers, are all making a huge difference to our work. They’re the true heroes of the event.

“It really was a community effort this year, especially with the call for volunteers.

Race for Life 2015 at Ferry Meadows. EMN-150707-221158009

Race for Life 2015 at Ferry Meadows. EMN-150707-221158009

“We owe them a huge thank you - we couldn’t have done it without them.”

The event started with a warm-up led by Caz Dolby, of Wildcats Theatre School, who led an energetic aerobic dance session.

Three of the school’s young singers also performed to add to the entertainment.

Kev and Ros, from Heart Breakfast, hosted the event and cancer survivor Susan Dunthorne, from Peterborough, spoke movingly about her own battle with the disease.

Earlier in the day pupils from Stanground St John’s Primary School held their own Race for Life event in the school grounds.

The event happened only a few weeks after 3,500 women took part in Peterborough’s first Pretty Muddy event - another 5k obstacle course for Cancer Research UK.

Both the Ferry Meadows event and Pretty Muddy are expected to return next year.