VIDEO: Fancy dress and fun for Race for Life bonanza

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Silence fell over Blackpool Promenade as a sea of women in pink stood, heads bowed, shoulder to shoulder united in one purpose.

To join in the fight against cancer.

The Race for Life gets underway last night on Blackpool Promenade.

The Race for Life gets underway last night on Blackpool Promenade.

Close to 3,000 women walked, jogged and ran the 5k route along the seafront last night for the annual Race for Life.

They were not only raising funds for Cancer Research UK, they were also raising awareness.

The annual women-only event raises millions of pounds across the country to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.

Ladies of all ages wore pink, donned fancy dress and took part in the fundraiser last night with friends, colleagues and family.

Many had written messages on their race numbers to state they were running in memory of loved lost ones, or those who had battled cancer and survived.

Those people were forefront of the participants minds as a minute’s silence was held before the start of the race.

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Also in the minds of many was Race for Life 2012 ambassador Kim Rossall, from Thornton, who sadly died in August.

The brave 21-year-old officially started the Blackpool event last year and despite suffering from terminal cancer, she walked around the 5k course with her family and friends – determined to cross the finish line. She inspired a whole host of fundraising as her legacy.

Liz Booth, event organiser for Blackpool, said: “It was so fantastic to see an incredible 2,612 women taking part - that’s nearly 600 more than last year. The weather was definitely on our side.

“To the ladies of Blackpool at Cancer Research UK we say thank you - together we can really make a difference in the fight against cancer.

“There was a great atmosphere as always and although the event is fun and we wear silly costumes, the underlying message and reason is a serious one.”

The first to cross the finish line were Kristie Leybourne, from Thornton and Sarah Hudak, from Manchester, both aged 23. The best friends finished hand-in-hand in just over 18 minutes.

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