Think pink for race

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ORGANISERS for Scarborough’s Race for Life were thinking pink as they lit up one of the town’s most famous landmarks.

The lighthouse became pink for a night to signal the final countdown to this Sunday’s event.

More than 1,500 women and girls will run or walk a 5K route around Scarborough’s North Bay to raise funds for Cancer Research.

Press manager Nicki Embleton said: “Scarborough’s Race for Life will be the first one across the entire region, so this marks the start of our events for 2011.

“By illuminating the lighthouse in this way we’re lighting up a beacon of hope for all those across the region who have been affected by cancer.”

Hundreds of women and girls will assemble at Scarborough’s Sea Life Centre at 9am on Sunday for the start of the race.

The new route, which has moved this year from its original base at Oliver’s Mount, will take participants past the Open Air Theatre, past the Sands Complex, along Royal Albert Drive as far as Hairy Bob’s Cave, back along the drive and along the promenade in front of the chalets, finishing at the Sea Life Centre.

Most of those taking part will wear something pink and many will be in fancy dress.

Participants will also wear a sign on their back with details about who they are running for.

Claire Wase, area events manager for Cancer Research UK, said: “We’re really looking forward to the event. As a team we’re very excited to get started for the region here in Scarborough.

“Hopefully it will be a fabulous event – I think the ladies have really got behind us this year with the new venue.”

A number of teams will be taking part including a 40-strong team of fitness fans who do regular Zumba classes together. If you would like to enter Race for Life the deadline is midnight tonight.

Go to www.raceforlife.org or by calling 0871 641 1111.

l Eight-page supplement in Monday’s Evening News