It’s mud, glo­ri­ous mud for 3,500 fundrais­ers

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

A PARK became a sea of pink and brown thanks to more than 3,500 women who took part in a char­ity chal­lenge.

The mums, daugh­ters, sis­ters and friends – many in fancy dress and tu­tus – took on scram­ble nets, climbing frames, in­flat­able slides and huge amounts of mud yesterday to raise money for Cancer Re­search UK.

Two times cancer sur­vivor Alice Roythorne from Cardiff was one of the par­tic­i­pants in Pretty Muddy.

She said: “Pretty Muddy was bril­liant fun.

“I al­ways en­joy tak­ing part with friends and this year was spe­cial as my daugh­ter could join in the fun. There was a great at­mos­phere and the vol­un­teers along the course did a great job.

“It was fan­tas­tic to see a sea of ladies in pink tak­ing on the muddy ob­sta­cles for Cancer Re­search UK. It means a lot to me to be able to take part af­ter beat­ing cancer twice.”

So­phie Heath, Cancer Re­search UK’s Cardiff event man­ager, said: “Life-sav­ing re­search is be­ing funded right now thanks to the women of Cardiff run­ning, jog­ging or walk­ing at Race for Life Pretty Muddy.

“Our par­tic­i­pants play a cru­cial role in help­ing to turn dis­cov­er­ies made in the lab into bet­ter treat­ments for pa­tients in Cardiff and across the UK and we’d like to thank ev­ery­one who took part in the event.

“The at­mos­phere was elec­tric – full of emo­tion, courage, tears and laugh­ter – as thou­sands of like-minded ladies came to­gether to unite in the fight against cancer.”

The char­ity said that ev­ery day around 52 peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with cancer in Wales.

Cancer Re­search UK’s Race for Life, in part­ner­ship with Tesco, is a se­ries of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and marathon events which raise mil­lions of pounds to fund re­search.

PIC­TURES: PETER BOLTER

Cancer Re­search UK’s Pretty Muddy run at Black­weir, Cardiff

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