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Thousands in the pink take part in Cardiff Race For Life

A Cardiff park was today transformed into a sea of pink as thousands of women – many of them cancer survivors – donned bright pink T-shirts to take part in this year’s Race For Life.

The 5km fun run followed a 10km run the day before – all to raise money for charity Cancer Research UK.

Six thousand joggers and walkers took part in the women-only event, which saw daughters, grannies, sisters and friends pounding the pathways many for their own personal and emotional reasons.

Almost 2,000 women took part in Saturday’s longer run, and joining them at the sidelines were thousands of friends and family who turned out to cheer on the fundraisers.

The UK-wide runs help raise millions of pounds every year for life-saving research into 200 types of cancer – helping men, women and children across Wales survive.

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Katie Robbshaw, event manager for Race for Life in South and West Wales, said many of the women taking part were cancer survivors themselves.

“We are absolutely thrilled that so many women entered Race for Life in Cardiff,” she said.

“Together, they helped us create a fantastic atmosphere while raising crucial funds to help beat cancer.

“I have to say it was of the most emotional events we have had because this time there seemed to be a huge number of cancer survivors taking part.

“While the majority were here for loved ones, many were running for themselves and showing their defiance against cancer.”

In 2011, 7,700 women took part in Race for Life in Cardiff and helped raise £420,000 for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.

Katie added: “Women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes take part in Race for Life. It is hugely inspiring.”

Joining the runners in a pre-race ‘cancer-slam’ – a motivational dance – was a five-year-old who has battled leukaemia.

Little Hollie Evans, from Bridgend, joined a team of dancers to do the cancer slam.

Katie said: “She loved it but it was really emotional and there were a lot of tears. It gave everyone the drive to run.”

Hollie’s mum Hayley Stanley, who took part in the race with her daughter, said: “We are incredibly proud of Hollie who stood up there in front of all those people to help inspire them. We found it quite overwhelming.”

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