Preston’s Moor Park became a sea of pink this morning as 1,250 people took part in Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life.
Women of all ages walked or ran 5km or 10km to raise money for charity, many in honour of loved ones.
After a mass warm-up, the event was started by Louise and Dan Trayling, from Eccleston, with their children, two-year-old Tommy and Olivia, four.
Tommy was diagnosed with leukaemia last year and had a bone marrow transplant after Olivia proved to be the perfect match.
After sounding the starting horn, Louise, 29, joined in as part of a team with 12 friends and relatives.
She said: “It’s nice to be able to share our story with it being a happy ending.
“I want to raise money and awareness and show support for people.
“I did Race For Life last year as well with a similar-sized group of people and raised £4,000. We’re not quite there this time, but hopefully people will still support us.”
Also taking part was Janette Ellwood, from Longton, who lost her brother Peter Stirzaker to a brain tumour in 1998 and her cousin Anne Collis to lung cancer two years ago.
Janette, 67, said: “We need more people to give donations. We need more money to do research and get rid of it.
“It’s nice to be able to share our story with it being a happy ending. “I want to raise money and awareness and show support for people.”Louise Trayling
“It’s frightening. Life is precious and we need to combat this.”
Gillian Chapman, 72, from Walton-le-Dale, said: “I’m racing for my sister-in-law Patricia Smith, who died about 10 years ago, and a friend Bev Lawson, who died about five years ago.
“I have raised about £100 so far.
“We need to beat the disease and get rid of it.”
Caroline Hutchinson, 34, from Ribbleton, was honouring her grandfather Terry Jackson. She said: “My granddad died of cancer and I’m doing my bit for Race For Life. It’s to raise money for research and to get a cure for cancer.
“I’m my third time. It’s always a good day. There’s a fantastic atmosphere.”
Dawn Graveson, 44, from Preston, said: “I’m running for my stepfather Joe Gilbert, who died exactly six years ago on Friday with oesophageal cancer.
“My mum had breast cancer twice and survived and my father has bladder cancer and is a survivor.
“It’s important for me to feel like I’m giving something back for the help they have had.”
Dawn Gouldthorpe, 35, and Erica Horne, 40, came from Blackburn to take part.
Dawn said: “I’m here to raise money for a good cause. My dad has had cancer but fought it. My friend’s brother is fighting cancer at the moment and one of her best friends as well.
“Luckily most of our families have fought it, but that’s down to cancer research.”
The event was expected to raise £90,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Jane Bullock, the charity’s North West spokesman, said: “I want to urge all the women who have taken part to send their sponsorship money.
“A lot of women take part and don’t return the money and it’s the money that makes a big difference in the research.”
Fundraisers can also take part in Pretty Mudder, a 5km muddy obstacle course for women of any ability, at Moor Park on July 18. To enter, go to raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org.