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More than 1,000 women take part in Hartlepool’s annual Race for Life

More than 1,000 women came together to take part in the annual Race for Life to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

Seaton became a sea of pink as participants of all ages ran, jogged or walked round either a 5k or 10k course along the seafront.

More than 1,000 women took part in this year's Race for Life event.

More than 1,000 women took part in this year's Race for Life event.

The Cancer Research UK event has been held in the town since 2007 and is growing year-on-year, with this year’s race seeing just under 1,100 people taking part.

The national Race for Life event is now in its 25th year with the aim or raising awareness of and funds for the Cancer Research UK charity.

The race kicked off on Sunday morning from Coronation Drive in Seaton Carew with a lively warm up and speeches from organisers who praised everyone involved.

Area events manager Frances Kippax-Geary, said she was delighted to see so many women taking part and thanked the team of 30 volunteers.

Participants warming up ahead of the Race for Life event in Seaton Carew.

Participants warming up ahead of the Race for Life event in Seaton Carew.

She said: “We have just under 1,100 people taking part - from babies and toddlers through to adults.

“I am delighted with the turn out and there are an extra 300 women taking part this year.

“It is growing every year and it is fabulous to see everyone all together in solidarity.

“It is absolutely fantastic and very emotional as everyone has a personal reason for taking part.

Runners setting off at the start of the Race for Life.

Runners setting off at the start of the Race for Life.

“It is a day of tears and laughter.”

Mrs Kippax-Geary said that just a few months ago anew drug called Rucaparib was introduced, following 27 years of research and clinical trials - highlighting the importance of events such as the Race For Life in raising vital funds to allow vital research to continue.
She added: “In the North East 40 people are diagnosed with cancer every day.

“Those taking part in the Race for Life are doing it in memory of loved ones and in celebration of survivors.”

Many participants ran in memory or celebration of loved ones.

Many participants ran in memory or celebration of loved ones.

Many runners wore fancy dress and pink at this year's Race for Life.

Many runners wore fancy dress and pink at this year's Race for Life.

Runners at the start of the Race for Life event.

Runners at the start of the Race for Life event.

The Race for Life event at Seaton Carew.

The Race for Life event at Seaton Carew.

Runners set off at the start of the Race for Life event.

Runners set off at the start of the Race for Life event.

A group of runners taking partn in the Race for Life event.

A group of runners taking partn in the Race for Life event.

The Race for Life event at Seaton Carew.

The Race for Life event at Seaton Carew.