Thousands are tickled pink

Race For Life, Haydock Park Racecourse
Race For Life, Haydock Park Racecourse

HUNDREDS of Cancer Research fundraisers turned Haydock Park Racecourse into a sea of pink at the annual Race For Life event on Sunday (June 17).

Nearly 2,000 toddlers, teenagers and 20-somethings signed up to tackle the 5km course alongside their mums, grans, aunties, friends and colleagues to help raise tens of thousands of pounds for the charity.

Some ran all the way. Others walked all the way. But all of the fundraisers - many wearing fetching pink fairy wings or feather boas - were in it together to help beat cancer.

The event was started by inspirational breast cancer survivor Veronica Hyland, who volunteered on the day.

And, among the hordes of runners were youngsters Faye and Ellece Knockton and their cousin Rubee Bannon, of Sutton Heath, who were all running in memory of their grandfather, Ray Bannon.

Event organisers have since said a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who took part on the day.

Debbie McConnell, Haydock Park’s Race for Life event manager, said: “It was a fantastic event and we are so very grateful to everyone who took part or supported our participants. We also had wonderful support from our Key Volunteer Team who are a brilliant support for us and help make the event happen.

“Now the big day is over, we are asking our supporters to take one last step – by returning the money they’ve raised so it can go into vital research to help more men, women and children survive cancer.”

She added: “Cancer Research UK doesn’t receive any Government funding for its ground-breaking work. So the money people at Haydock raise through Race for Life is crucial because it means we can go on supporting the pioneering work of doctors, nurses and scientists who are fighting cancer on all fronts.

“Many people don’t realise that their entry fee only covers the cost of the event. It’s the sponsorship money that really makes a difference.”