Hartlepool fundraisers donate £65,000 to cancer research with Race For Life

There was pink as far as the eye could see when hundreds of fundraisers took on the Race For Life.

Women and children donned the event’s signature colour when the event came to Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016

Taking on 5k and 10k routes along the seafront, off Coronation Drive, they raised an amazing £65,000 for Cancer Research UK in memory of and in tribute to loved ones who have battled the disease.

Hartlepool siblings Geoffrey Wood, 11, and Grace, 12, and friend Aidan Vaughan, also 11, were taking on the race together. The brother and sister’s mum, Lisa Wood, battled leukaemia and came out the other side.

Grace said: “We’ve done it before about four years ago and we’re really excited to take part again.”

Paula Champley took on the raise alongside her sister Sandra, and daughter-in-law Claire Bostock. The trio, from Hartlepool, ran the 10k.

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016 - Rose Livingston and daughter Abbie Hornby with Archie

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016 - Rose Livingston and daughter Abbie Hornby with Archie

Paula said: “We’re really excited about being a part of the event, but it’s quite emotional as well. It’s brilliant to see everyone out together doing something like this. We’ve never taken part before but we’ll definitely be back next year.”

Mum and daughter Rosie Livingston and Abbie Herring took on the 5k alongside their pet dog, Archie.

Rosie was inspired to take part through her job in the chemotherapy ward at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

She said: “We do the race together every year, it’s really exciting and the atmosphere is great.

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016 - Caroline Wilson (left) and Kathrine Walton.

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016 - Caroline Wilson (left) and Kathrine Walton.

“I see people going through cancer every day at work so to see everyone here working together to do something about it is lovely, and quite emotional too. I always see patients and their family members on the way round the route.”

Pals Caroline Wilson, from Stockton, and Katherine Walton, from Middlesbrough, took on the 10k.

Katherine said: “Whether you run or walk, it’s a great thing to do.”

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016 warm up

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016 warm up

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016 - Sandra Champley, Paula Champley and Clare Bostock

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016 - Sandra Champley, Paula Champley and Clare Bostock

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016 warm up

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016 warm up

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016 warm up

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016 warm up

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016 - Aiden Vaughan (11), Grace Wood (12) and Geoffrey Wood (11)

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016 - Aiden Vaughan (11), Grace Wood (12) and Geoffrey Wood (11)