VIDEO: 2013 Race For Life at Sheffield’s Meadowhall

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Thousands of women converged on Meadowhall yesterday - but this weekend they weren’t there for the shopping.

Early morning saw almost 5,000 ladies come together united by a defiant message - jog on cancer.

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Caroline Julie & Gina

This year’s Race for Life was a lively occasion - from the warm up to the finish.

And those who took part in the Cancer Research UK 5k event came from every walk of life - from the young to the old and the fit to the not so fit.

But in some way all had been affected by cancer and they were there to help raise funds to explore ways to beat it.

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Nicola Taylor, aged 23, her sister Emma, 20, were taking part in the race with their friend Carreara Cooper, 20, in memory of their brother David who lost his life to cancer in 2009 at the age of 21.

Said Nicola: “We just hope to finish and raise as much money as we can.

Kate Yearsley, aged 14, and her friend wore shirts with a CD cover on the back.

“My mum made the CD it’s called Believe,” said Kate from Rotherham.

“She fought cancer for such a long time but sadly died two weeks ago. It is my mum who has inspired me to do this.”

Many of the women taking part wrote the names of loved ones who had lost their lives to cancer on their numbers.

Tracy Scott and her mates were decked out in pink wigs.

“We’re doing it in memory of my mum Pat, we’re Pat’s Angels,” said Tracy from Stocksbridge.

Student Gabrielle Brooks, aged 23 from Crookesmoor, was taking part with her uni mates.

“We just wanted to get together and have fun while doing something really worthwhile,” she said.

Charley Ashmore from Hackenthorpe was running with her team mates.

“We’re representing the SUFC Under 16s girls team, “ she said.

“And believe me we are fit.”

The runners were soon off and their massive number snaked along the road around Meadowhall like a pink python.

Hairdresser Emily Smith, aged 33, from Intake and her friends wore outrageous wigs.

She said: “We’ve raised £700. And everyone who comes into the salon and shows us their race number will get their 50 per cent off having their hair done.”

Jessica Munn, aged 19, her sister Laura, 17 and family friend Fiona Duffort, 51, were taking part in memory of Maggi Oxley a popular former Star worker who died at the age of 62.

They completed the race in around 35 minutes to raise more than £4,000.

Jessica from Greenhill said: “We felt quite tired after the race, but very proud.”