VIDEO: Race For Life turns Meadowhall pink

A Sheffield shopping centre was transformed into a sea of pink as women of all ages ran the Race For Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

About 5,000 people took on the five kilometre course in the baking sun around the outside of Meadowhall Shopping Centre, raising an estimated £250,000 in the process.

Women crossing the Race For Life finish line

Women crossing the Race For Life finish line

Runner Melissa Lightfoot, aged 40, from Shiregreen, Sheffield, ran the race for her 14-year-old daughter Shannon who been fighting leukaemia for the past two years but has had successful treatment and went into remission.

She said: “It’s the worst thing that anybody could have to go through.

“Shannon was diagnosed when she was ten and had three years of treatment but we’re celebrating, she’s two years in remission.”

Friend Keeley Bellamy added: “Shannon is an inspiration and she’s done brilliantly.”

Naomi Barton, aged 22, from Monteney Crescent, Parson Cross, ran the race with Nicole Steele, aged 21, and Lucy Steele, aged 24, for her cousin’s two-year-old daughter Kalli, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer but also went into remission.

Meadowhall events organiser Alex Caley said: “We’re really delighted, it’s even bigger and better than it was last year. You can’t help but be moved with an event like this, when you look out into a car park which is converted into a sea of pink.

“We’re hoping to raise about £250,000 today for Cancer Research UK today which would be fantastic. It’s something Meadowhall are really proud to host and we hope that the event will continue to be a huge success and get even bigger and better every year.”