Girls just wanna have fun run!

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By MATTHEW REVILLE

FERRY MEAD­OWS was turned into a sea of pink as thou­sands of women and girls took part in the Race for Life.

Around 3,000 women donned pink train­ers, t-shirts and fairy wings to run the 5km race in the coun­try park yes­ter­day.

Race for Life is the UK’s largest “women only” fundrais­ing event, where fe­males of all ages walk, jog or run the dis­tance to raise cash for Can­cer Re­search UK.

Some of the run­ners, in­clud­ing brave Marielle Tit­muss, are cur­rently un­der­go­ing treat­ment for the dis­ease.

Marielle, who dressed like a mem­ber of The Flint­stones for the race, said: “I am on my fourth bout of chemo­ther­apy for breast can­cer but I am de­ter­mined to beat it and fin­ish the race.

“I am run­ning with a group of my clos­est friends and be­tween us we have raised about £3,000 so there is no ex­cuse for not fin­ish­ing.

“I do feel quite weak though, so I will make sure they go round at my pace.”

The event spanned the gen­er­a­tions with par­tic­i­pants tak­ing part with friends, col­leagues and fam­ily mem­bers.

Most run­ners ded­i­cate the race to a loved one, whose name is writ­ten on a patch on their back.

Friends Caro­line Ire­son (41), Ra­nia Miles (35) and Karen Hunter (36) donned rab­bit cos­tumes to scurry around the course with daugh­ters Emma (14), Mor­gan (9) and Bethany (10).

Speak­ing be­fore the event, Caro­line, who lives in Pas­ton, said: “Me and Emma are run­ning for my dad. He has been suf­fer­ing from can­cer for the last six months.

“This is a great event and it helps to raise a lot of money for a worth­while cause.”

Toni Bedford, who was run­ning in a group of eight peo­ple that in­cluded twin daugh­ters Meagan and Ashley (8) said: “This is a great cause and we will all run around at the same speed and fin­ish the race at the same time.”

Some of the run­ners, such as Abby Hann (21) were run­ning in the me­mory of a loved one who lost their bat­tle with can­cer.

Abby said: “I am do­ing it for my gran­dad. He died when I was three and the hope is to raise as much cash as pos­si­ble for can­cer re­search to help other peo­ple in the fu­ture.”

Adding to the mother and daugh­ter teams were Kirsten (38) and Megan (7) Hodg­son, of Wer­ring­ton. Kirsten said: “We are both run­ning for Megan’s grand­mother, who died a few years ago.

“I have done this a cou­ple of times be- fore but this is my first time with Megan. I will hold her hand on the way around and it will be a lot of fun.”

They were cheered on around the course by Megan’s younger sis­ter Ni­amh, who joined hun­dreds of loved ones on the side­lines to show their sup­port.

Among the crowds of well wish­ers was Posh goal­keeper James McKe­own, who took time out from pre-sea­son train­ing and watch­ing the World Cup to watch fi­ancee Natalie Pasqualino com­plete the race with 13 friends and fam­ily mem­bers.

Speak­ing be­fore the race James joked: “I have been giv­ing Nat some train­ing so I am ex­pect­ing a good time from her.

“But in all se­ri­ous­ness it is for a great cause and I’m sure she will be great.”

The race is aimed at peo­ple for all ath­letic abil­i­ties and al­though com­pet­i­tive run­ners are wel­comed the fo­cus was def­i­nitely on hav­ing fun as the sound sys­tem blared out fe­male an­thems “It’s Rain­ing Men” and “I Will Sur­vive” as the con­tes­tants lim­bered up for the race.

Wis­bech Gram­mar School had 17 pupils and three mem­bers of staff tak­ing part, and Annabel van Daalen (13) man­aged to cross the line in the sec­ond fastest time.

Tak­ing up the other two podium places were sis­ters Katie (13) and Kelly Green (16), with the elder sib­ling cross­ing the line in a highly re­spectable time of 19 min­utes and 38 sec­onds.

Kelly said: “I was run­ning for my Aunty Betty and have done this for the last four years. In the last cou­ple of years I came third then sec­ond so I am re­ally pleased to have come in first, but it’s more im­por­tant that a lot of money is raised than any­one wins.”

Both Green sis­ters run for the Wer­ring­ton Jog­gers club and at­tend Ken Stimp­son Com­mu­nity School.

Young­sters from around the city turned out in force, in­clud­ing colour­ful run­ners So­phie Venni (14) and So­phie Reed (13) from Thomas Clark­son Com­mu­nity Col­lege, who aptly sported 2010 sun­glasses while com­plet­ing the run.

The first Race for Life event took place in 1994 when 680 par­tic­i­pants par­tic­i­pated in a race in Bat­tersea Park, London.

It has sub­se­quently grown to be­come one of the UK’s largest fundrais­ing events. Thou­sands more run­ners will be tak­ing part in the city’s sec­ond Race for Life at Ferry Mead­ows tonight.

TO­GETHER: Natalie Pasqualino, fi­ancee of Posh goal­keeper James McKe­own, far left, with fam­ily and friends be­fore the race. (METP-29-06-10BD304)

ROCK ON: Marielle Tit­muss and Kimberly Ka­lym, cen­tre, with friends be­fore the race. (METP29-06-10BD302)

Run­ners car­ried poignant mes­sages.

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