Sheffield Race for Life girls are pretty in pink

Caroline Leng and Jen Bower both from Rotherham ... all set for the off
Caroline Leng and Jen Bower both from Rotherham ... all set for the off

LADIES of all ages looked pretty in pink as they put on a united front in the battle to beat cancer.

An army of 1,700 women - from tiny tots to pensioners - turned Rotherham fuchsia as they took part in Cancer Research UK’S Race for Life.

After limbering up with a warm-up led by Rotherham Council’s Christine Young, the fundraisers set off on the 5k route at Herringthorpe Stadium, Middle Lane.

There was the usual mixture of serious runners who stormed ahead, along with those who preferred to hang back and soak up the sense of togetherness which best summed up the atmosphere of the day.

There were poignant scenes as the women who took part adorned signs dedicated to the memory of loved ones lost to cancer.

Organisers were confident they will raise their sponsorship target of £105,000.

Alison Mackfall, event organiser for Cancer Research UK, said: “It was a brilliant day. “For the last few years Rotherham has done really well for us and to see so many women supporting us again this year is fantastic. Once again, there was a great mix of people. There were even little babies dressed in pink.”

To sign up for Sheffield Race for Life on July 15, see raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org or ring 0871 641 1111.