Hundreds take part in Race for Life

SCARBOROUGH’S North Bay was a sea of pink as hundreds of Scarborough women turned out in force to fight cancer in the 2012 Race for Life.

The event saw nearly 1,000 woman, girls, and even many four legged friends, complete the 5k course along the North Bay.

The Race for life heads along North Bay.Everyone enjoying themselves. The Zumba girls dance away.Picture Richard Ponter 121965a.

The Race for life heads along North Bay.Everyone enjoying themselves. The Zumba girls dance away.Picture Richard Ponter 121965a.

Participants ran, jogged, walked and zumbad from the Sea Life Centre to Hairy Bobs Cave, in Marine Drive, and back again.

Scarborough’s runners were the first to complete a Race for Life this year in Yorkshire as the town launched the events for 2012 in the county.

The fundraising target this year was £75,000 which will be used to fund research in to treating and curing the disease which affects so many.

Despite a drop in number from 1,500 last year to 910 this year, race organiser Helen Webster was delighted with how the event went and the support women in Scarborough showed.

Race for Life 2012''Picture by Neil Silk  1211962a'13/05/12

Race for Life 2012''Picture by Neil Silk 1211962a'13/05/12

She said: “Fortunately the sun has been shining for us, which is amazingly better than it was last year. Its great to see so many ladies out wearing their pink and getting in to the spirit of Race for Life and helping to beat cancer.

“Scarborough kicks off race for life this year and is the first event in the whole of Yorkshire. Everyone here has really set the atmosphere for the region’s races.”

The race was started by Scarborough’s Mayor, cllr John Blackburn in his last engagement as mayor.

It was won by Kathy Wood, 33, of Eastfield, who completed the route in a time of 21 minutes.

Kathy, who works at Dale Power Solutions, only took up running in the last couple of years. She said: “I am really pleased, this is the best I have ever done in anything like this.

“I was running in support of everyone affected by cancer, especially Deb who I work with.”

This year saw the return of the Zumba ladies, led by Debs Horsham-Batley, who herself has battled with cancer.

A total of 42 ladies completed the entire 5k course by doing the popular dance based workout Zumba.

That single group of women along had already raised a total of £4,000 with more money coming in.

Joining the women and girls was a team of boys from St Martin’s School, who were keen to join in the fun.

Parent Alison Logue said: “This is the first time they have allowed boys to run. We noticed on their website that they were accepting entries from boys under 12 so we decided to put together a school team.

Three of those running were Joshua Logue, 8, Jamie McDonald, 8 and Harvey Wallace, who said they were very excited to be taking part, and they hoped to beat the girls!

Also running was a group of six women called Team Big Pants in honour the large underwear they were sporting over their running trousers.

The team was completing the race for their friend Julz McNab who is fighting cancer. One of the big pants runners Jo Swift said: “Its great to have an event like this in Scarborough to pull everyone together. Seeing everyone here doing their bit really puts it all in perspective to see how many people are affected by cancer.”

Running for the first time was a team of eight women from Seamer were enjoying their first race. The team, normally made up of ten, call themselves the Seamer Ladies. They formed a running group, and set themselves a target of completing the Race for Life having never run before. After yesterday’s event, in which they raised more than £400 for Cancer Research UK, they have set their sights on the Yorkshire Coast 10K in the autumn.