Delight at Race For Life turnout

Cadet Luke Irving and Sarah Colledge start the 2015 Blackpool Race For Life
Cadet Luke Irving and Sarah Colledge start the 2015 Blackpool Race For Life
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Close to 2,500 women turned out to take part in this year’s Cancer Research UK Race For Life – turning Blackpool Promenade pink.

Organisers estimate the event – which for the first time, included a 10k as well as 5k route, starting and ending at the Tower Headlands – will have raised more than £142,000.

The women-only fundraiser was officially started this year by Blackpool mum Sarah Colledge, who has been battling cancer since 2013. She was greeted with a massive cheer, when she told the crowd her most recent scan had shown the tumour was shrinking with treatment.

She said she was overwhelmed when invited by Cancer Research to be guest of honour at the event, but she was delighted.

She said: “I nearly burst into tears, as I never expected to be asked. It’s such an honour.”

For the full story and pictures, see Eve in Tuesday’s Gazette.