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Pink ladies out in force for race to beat cancer

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 26, 2013

  • HAPPY TO RUN: There was no shortage of high spirits among the Budehaven School team.

  • WE'RE READY: Warming up for the start of the race.

  • THREE CHEERS There was a good group of mums from Delabole determined to put on a good show.

  • FROM NANPEAN: These girls all know each other through KJ Rule, the car body repairs business.

  • READY TO RUN: A group of staff members from Trago Mills.

  • BANK RUNNERS: The team from St Austell Barclay's Bank line up for a picture.

  • FOR MUM: Seven-year-old Emily Darby lost her mother to breast cancer four years ago.

  • THEY'RE OFF: A scramble at the start as some of the 800 women get their race under way.

  • ON THEIR WAY: Competitors make their way over the start line.

  • BURST OF COLOUR: Pink wasn't the only colour to be seen at the showground.

  • SON'S SUPPORT: There was no lack of support for the runners.

  • ON THE PODIUM: From left, second-placed Sarah Faragher, race winner Charlie Syfert and Alice Lewis, who finished third.

  • FAST LADY: Race winner Charlie Seyfert, from Newquay, completed the course in 20 minutes 22sec.

  • RACE GREETING: Time for a wave to a friend or relation during the race.

  • HIGH FIVE: Wishing the competitors good luck as they start the race.

  • WARMED UP: The ladies get themselves in top condition for the 5k run.

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THE Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge was turned pink when over 800 people supported Cancer Research UK by taking part in the Race for Life.

The weather stayed dry for the event on Sunday and it is anticipated that more than £50,000 will be raised for the charity through individual sponsorship.

One girl taking part was seven-year-old Emily Darby who lost her mum Libby to breast cancer about four years ago.

Emily, from St Mawgan, near Newquay, has so far raised a superb £1,220 in sponsorship.

Her proud dad, Andy, said: "In the last year Emily started seeing adverts for Race for Life on television and asked if she could take part.

"Obviously I couldn't because it's just for women, so family friend Katherine Webster, her daughter Lauren and niece Connie formed a team for Emily, and I would like to thank them all for that.

"Emily is a very determined little girl and, from what I've been told, she practically danced the whole way round."

Sam Beare, Cancer Research UK's event manager for Race for Life, said: "We had more than 800 ladies take part in Race for Life at Wadebridge and our thanks go to each and every one of them for making it such a joyous and memorable day.

"We would send a heartfelt plea that each lady returns their sponsorship money this year to bring in £50,000 between them.

"Every single lady makes a difference to our ultimate goal and beating cancer sooner. Well done ladies and thank you."

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