Race to return cash

Race for Life 2011'Runners taking part in this years Race for Life on its new route round the seafront..A family affair!'Picture by Neil Silk  111891a'08/05/11

Race for Life 2011'Runners taking part in this years Race for Life on its new route round the seafront..A family affair!'Picture by Neil Silk 111891a'08/05/11

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A MASSIVE £26,754 has already been collected in following Scarborough’s Race for Life 2011.

The annual fundraiser in aid of Cancer Research UK took place on May 8 with 1,451 women and girls taking part.

Participants ran or walked a 5K route around Scarborough’s North Bay, many of them in memory of a loved one.

The event has become a major annual event in Scarborough and until this year was always held at the top of Oliver’s Mount.

The new route took 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.

Claire Wase, area events manager for Cancer Research UK, said: “We’re really pleased with how the return of sponsorship is going so far.

“We’re making a big push this year as nationally one in three people who take part in Race for Life don’t return their sponsorship.”

With the total so far at nearly £30,000, organsiers are hoping that their original target of £111,600 for the event will be met.

Mrs Wase said: “It was a really fantastic day. We were so pleased with how it went and everyone enjoyed it.

“We got some really good feedback and peole seemed to like the new course.

“Unfortunately the weather was against us, but it really didn’t knock anybody’s spirits.”

Scarborough’s Race for Life was the first event this year in the whole region and Mrs Wase said it was a great way to start.

Before the big day organisers came to Scarborough and lit the lighthouse pink with special floodlighting.

Pink is the signature colour of Race for Life and most participants wear pink, with a number of people opting for fancy dress.

This is the first time this has been done and signalled the start of Race for Life 2011 across the region.

You can find out how to return your Race for Life cash by going to www.raceforlife.org