SLIDESHOW: Hartlepool’s Race for Life

MORE than 1,400 women turned out in force to transform Hartlepool’s sea front into a sea of pink.

The annual Race For Life event on the Seaton promenade saw women, children, babies and even pets tackle a five kilometre course for charity.

Race for Life 2013.

Race for Life 2013.

As the tannoy blared out a message of “let’s tell cancer to jog on”, the hoardes of 1,489 women set off on their journey - raising a massive £65,000 for charity.

Claire Wase, the senior area event manager for Cancer Research, said: “We were up on numbers from 2012 and there were so many inspirational stories to be told.

“Most importantly, at the end of the day, we have raised thousands of pounds to continue the fight against more than 200 forms of cancer and without this support, that could not happen.”

They came from as far away as Middlesbrough, Newton Aycliffe and Darlington as well as hundreds from Hartlepool and Peterlee for a run which saw women tackling strong winds.

But on an emotional day, which included a minute’s silence to remember people who have lost their fight with cancer, the overall mood was one of joy that so much good could come from a common cause.

And as one runner said - as she headed through a sea of runners to the start line: “Wow, that’s crazily good.” She summed up the feelings of everyone.