Lister Park becomes sea of pink during Race for Life

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Young and older take part in the Race For Life  at Lister Park, Bradford Young and older take part in the Race For Life at Lister Park, Bradford

British drizzle couldn't put a stop to the enthusiasm of runners, joggers and walkers at this year's Race for Life.

Bradford's Lister Park became a sea of pink for the charity 5k fun-run. The colour could be spotted on wigs, face-paint, hair dye, dog outfits and even the portable toilets.

More than 2,000 women and children took part in the event, all raising much-needed funds for Cancer Research. Many had written notes about the loved ones they were running for, and pinned them to their t-shirts, adding an extra poignancy to the day.

Seemab Naseem, who was walking the course with old university friend Katie Fairhead, said it was the third time they had taken part.

She said: "This year we are doing it for my father-in-law, who died in February.

"The first time we did it, it was for another good friend, who had been diagnosed with cancer at the time."

The pair were dressed to impress, in pink feather boas, pink wigs and dark glasses.

A training instructor took participants through a brief warm-up before they all lined up behind the start line, with Pulse FM DJs setting off a Mexican wave.

Inspirational cancer fundraiser Tracey Barraclough had the honour of starting the race. The Calverley mum made the agonising decision to have radical preventative surgery 14 years ago after finding out she had inherited a faulty gene, to make sure her life was not devastated by the illness.

As people set off on the run, the weather even got into the spirit of things - the sun broke through and the rain stopped.

One of the inspirational women taking part was 90-year-old fitness fanatic Molly Sugden, who completed the course with three more generations of her family.

It was the seventh time Mrs Sugden had taken part in the event in memory of her eldest son, Malcolm, who died seven years ago.

Three years ago the Cancer Research fundraiser became even more significant for her when her 57-year-old son, Martin, also died from the disease.

Mrs Sugden, of Wibsey, was joined by her daughters, Susan Smith and Pamela Barber, granddaughter Lynsey Hall, eight-month-old great grandson Grayson Hall, Malcom's widow, Carole and even Boo, Mrs Hall's pet dog.

Mrs Barber said: "It was really good, we thoroughly enjoyed it."

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5:35pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Class_War says...

Cannabis can be an effective treatment for Cancer and other illnesses:

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Cannabis can be an effective treatment for Cancer and other illnesses: http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=0psJhQHk_ GI Class_War
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6:08pm Sun 15 Jun 14

vikksy says...

Well done to everyone who took part
Well done to everyone who took part vikksy
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6:12am Mon 16 Jun 14

abjetting says...

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6:13am Mon 16 Jun 14

abjetting says...

Well done minions
Well done minions abjetting
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6:14am Mon 16 Jun 14

abjetting says...

Well done all
Well done all abjetting
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12:36pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Shipleyvegas says...

I will never support this event until they end the blatantly sexist policy of not allowing men to enter.

If I was to prohibit women from working at my business I would be rightly vilified, so how come this event can discriminate in the same way?
I will never support this event until they end the blatantly sexist policy of not allowing men to enter. If I was to prohibit women from working at my business I would be rightly vilified, so how come this event can discriminate in the same way? Shipleyvegas
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