A FANTASTIC 1,500 runners turned Seaton Carew into a sea of pink to tell cancer to “Jog on”.
Hartlepool’s annual Race for Life, in aid of Cancer Research proved another massive success and is set to raise around £80,000 to help fight the cruel disease.
Kind and determined girls, aged from 14 months right up to 82, were united at Seaton Carew promenade by the common cause.
Many ran the 5k course in memory of lost loved ones they had lost to cancer or in aid of those who were currently battling the disease.
Hartlepool mum Clair Sudron was the event’s guest of honour.
Clair, 34, told the crowd how she gave birth to gorgeous twins after she fought back from cancer.
Despite the showers and grey skies, Cancer Research officials could not have been happier with the response this year.
Events manager for Cancer Research UK Anna Thompson said: “We have got just short of 1,500 runners and our sponsorship target is £78,082. It makes a massive difference when this sort of money comes in.
“The most important thing is the ladies making sure they get their money in but it is phenomenal that this amount of money has been raised.”
Anna also praised for the hardy regulars. “There are women who come back and run this race year after year and I think they are unbelievable.
“Just as important are the people who are doing this for the first time this year, and the volunteers who help us pull this all together.”
She said all 1,500 runners who took part were worthy of enormous praise.
First across the finishing line was Rhonda Young, 38, in 20 minutes and 29 seconds.
The press officer for East Durham Homes, in Peterlee, ran in memory of colleague Joanne Lormor who died after having breast cancer in February.