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Thousands of women think pink for Worthing Race for Life
Water, sun cream and a sturdy pair of trainers were on the menu for thousands of charity runners.
A pink wave of more than 3,000 girls and women of all ages – many of who were running in memory of lost loved ones – flocked to Worthing seafront to take on Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2013.
Organisers were hoping to raise about £200,000 for the charity, which will be used to support work researching and treating cancer.
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A buzzing atmosphere of both celebration and reflection preceded the start of the gruelling 5km route – which was made even tougher for runners after sweltering temperatures of more than 24C.
But the rising mercury didn’t stop the thousands of determined fundraisers.
Angela Lambert, 58, from Bognor, was diagnosed with breast cancer 11 years ago.
But yesterday’s appearance with her friends Carol and Emma Francis was a cause for celebration.
She said: “I was devastated when I was diagnosed. But after a mastectomy, chemotherapy and regular checkups, I’m now free of cancer and feeling great.
“I’ve been friends with Carol since we were in school. We were bridesmaids at each other’s weddings and are godmothers to each other’s children.
“So for her to be here with her daughter Emma is really something special.”
A trio of beautiful superheroes were also spotted among the thousands of pink-clad runners.
Sally Harris, 37, Tessa Phippard, 23, and Alice Whittington, 21, who all work at the Gun Inn pub in Findon, near Worthing, donned impressive costumes at the request of their customers.
Tessa, wearing a Batwoman costume, lost her father Norman to Myeloma earlier this year and ran in his memory.
Elsewhere, Justine Langridge, from Bognor, returned to the race for the third year in a rowafter running with three of her close friends in memory of her late mother.
She said: “MymumGeorgina died aged 63 in 2008 after a five-year battle with breast cancer, so it has been quite an emotional day.
“There were lots of ladies with messages on their backs for their loved ones and it was really moving to see.
“We raised about £250 which I know the charity will really appreciate.
“I think this year was the hardest race I’ve done though due to the heat – but we battled through it.”
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