SLIDESHOW: Race For Life in Rotherham

Hundreds of women of all ages turned Rotherham pink as they ran the Race For Life in aid of Cancer Research.

More than 1,100 women and girls – and even a couple of pet dogs – took part in the race at Herringthorpe Stadium yesterday.

Rotherham Race for Life. Picture: Andrew Roe

Rotherham Race for Life. Picture: Andrew Roe

Many donned pink clothes to complete the five kilometre course around the running track and surrounding streets, while others wore a variety of fancy dress including bunny ears, feather boas and tutu skirts.

Emma Colbourne, the organiser of the Rotherham race, hailed the event as ‘fantastic’.

She said: “We hope to raise about £77,155 here which is fantastic.

“The races in Yorkshire are always great. Everyone is always so friendly and they get great support.”

Participants got into the spirit of the race with a fun warm-up routine, before they lined up for the five-kilometre race.

Many of those taking part have been affected by cancer and wore messages to show why or for whom they were taking part.

The baking heat and sunshine did not stop many of the runners giving their all to run the route in around 25 minutes.

Anne-Marie Handsworth, aged 49, from Rotherham, has run the race for the last three years in memory of her sister, Jean Naylor.

She said: “I’ve been running it for three years in memory of my sister Jean, who passed away from cancer.

“My time was 25 minutes and 44 seconds which is my best yet.

“I will continue to run the race in her memory, and when I can’t run any more I will walk the course.

“I’ll always do it.”

Natalie Stanger, aged 32, from Sheffield, along with her friend Rebecca Steel, 28, ran the race in memory of her stepfather.

“I’ve run the Sheffield one before so thought we would try the Rotherham race too,” said Natalie, who was overwhelmed with emotion after finishing the race.

“I think I’ve beaten my best time.”

Rebecca added: “I ran it to support Natalie.

“We’ll do it somewhere else next year to add a bit of variety.”