Pink army battles cancer at Doncaster's Race For Life

Women of all ages donned their brightest pink clothing and their trainers to help raise money in the battle against cancer.

Sunday, 26th June 2016, 5:44 pm
Updated Monday, 27th June 2016, 9:48 am
NDFP Race For Life Doncaster 5K Town Fields Doncaster. Warm up

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life was held in Doncaster’s Town Fields yesterday - and despite earlier fears of a low turnout more than 900 women ran or walked the 5km race.

Organisers estimate that once all their sponsorship money is collected together, it is hoped that around £70,000 will have been raised for the charity.

NDFP Race For Life Doncaster 5K Town Fields Doncaster L>R Sarah Skelthorn, Dylan Skelthorn age 11, Leah Fielding age 11, Caroline Hunt, Ellie Fielding age 8

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Radio station Heart FM and cheerleaders from Creative Dance provided entertainment for those watching their loved-ones complete the race.

Brave Lesley Shaw, from Doncaster opened the race.

The 49-year-old was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 but has after extensive chemotherapy and surgery has fought the disease.

Event organiser Emma Colbourne said: “Numbers were lower than usual this year but it was an amazing atmosdphere, just as good as any other year in fact.

NDFP Race For Life Doncaster 5K Town Fields Doncaster. Cheryl Latham, Christine Crozier, Simply Voices

“ It helped that the sun was shining and everyone was in great spirits.”

“Lesley, is a very brave woman and it was brilliant to see her opening the race.”

“I think everyone has had a really really great time and every penny raised here counts.

“That’s why we need everyone who came along today to return their sponsorship money to Cancer Research UK as soon as they can.”

NDFP Race For Life Doncaster 5K Town Fields Doncaster. Money Raised, L>R Isabel Robinson age 11. Molly Robinson age 8, Lucas Johnson age 6, Lillia Shaw age 5, Stuaret Openshaw, Emma Colbourne
NDFP Race For Life Doncaster 5K Town Fields Doncaster L>R Sarah Skelthorn, Dylan Skelthorn age 11, Leah Fielding age 11, Caroline Hunt, Ellie Fielding age 8
NDFP Race For Life Doncaster 5K Town Fields Doncaster. Cheryl Latham, Christine Crozier, Simply Voices
NDFP Race For Life Doncaster 5K Town Fields Doncaster. Money Raised, L>R Isabel Robinson age 11. Molly Robinson age 8, Lucas Johnson age 6, Lillia Shaw age 5, Stuaret Openshaw, Emma Colbourne