Whitby women in the pink for Race For Life

Jackie Corner and Ann Broadley manning the Donation Station at the Race for Life
Jackie Corner and Ann Broadley manning the Donation Station at the Race for Life

A SEA of pink lined Scarborough’s North Bay, as hundreds of women including many from Whitby and district braved the elements in this year’s Race for Life.

Around 1,500 people braced the heavy downpours on Sunday, raising more than £70,000 for Cancer Research.

Race for Life - Lynne Greenwood

Race for Life - Lynne Greenwood

In its new location at Scarborough’s Sea Life Centre, women and children of all ages took part in the three mile race.

Rachel Speight, area volunteer manager for Cancer Research UK said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day. Even the awful weather didn’t put anyone off. Women of all ages, shapes and sizes took part. There was even a lady three and a half weeks away from giving birth who took part.

“Then there was the Zumba girls, they were fantastic, it was unbelievable.

“For anyone who hasn’t taken part before, the atmosphere is truly electric.

The Nightingle family raised hundreds of pounds during the Race for Life'From L to R are Karen, Amber, Jessical and Olivia Nightingale

The Nightingle family raised hundreds of pounds during the Race for Life'From L to R are Karen, Amber, Jessical and Olivia Nightingale

“It was lovely to see husbands, brothers, boyfriends, sons and nephews all coming along to show their support.

“I feel lucky and honoured to work for Cancer Research UK.”

Lynne Greenwood from Whitby’s Cancer Research shop, Baxtergate, took part in the race on behalf of the store and had been collecting memory messages and donations from Whitby customers, and wore a t-shirt with all the messages attached.

She raised £62 from the 55 messages customers had dedicated to loved ones.

She said: “I wore the t-shirt with pride. It was so special carrying messages around for everyone. The rain didn’t dampen anyone’s day it was fantastic.

“Cancer Research in Whitby wishes to thank everyone who dropped off a donation bag. Despite the weather we had 115 bags which is brilliant.

“Once they’re processed we will have raised over £3,000, which is fantastic.”

Not only did people run, jog and walk through the puddles, there were even people in wheelchairs, babies in prams, a little girl on a scooter, people in fancy dress and even dogs in fancy dress.

Four members of one Whitby family took part.

Karen Nightingale and her three daughters, Jessica, Amber and Olivia all took part in the race and raised hundreds of pounds for the charity.

Mrs Nightingale said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Darren Draper at Draper’s Carpets for sponsoring us and to The Laughing Whale for designing and donating four beautiful t-shirts.

“We are still collecting if anyone would like to donate.”