Thousands step out in Northampton’s Abington Park for sun-drenched Race For Life

Nearly 5,000 women put their best foot forward on Sunday to took part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Abington Park, Northampton.

Organisers estimate that £280,000 was raised during the annual women’s event, which included a 10k race around the park in the morning and a less demanding 5k course in the afternoon.

5k Race for Life at Abington Park, Northampton. NNL-140806-171533005

5k Race for Life at Abington Park, Northampton. NNL-140806-171533005

Cancer Research UK area events manager, Simon Burley, said: “Today has gone really well and we’ve had a great turnout, with more people entering the 10k race than previous years. It’s been a great atmosphere as well.

“We’ve been at Abington Park setting up since 5am and are just packing away at 7pm so it’s been a long day and I’d like to say a massive thank you to all our volunteers who have given up their Sunday to make sure everything went smoothly.”

Presenters from Heart radio, sponsors of the event, kept the fun and enthusiasm throughout the day, leading everyone in a Cancer Slam dance warm-up before the races, signalling the starts and then commentating until the last people came over the finish line.

Individuals, families, friends and groups from Northampton organisations came together to support the cancer charity and to remember lost loved ones and colleagues - whether running, jugging, walking or pushing prams.

Jane Atkinson, aged 57 ran the 10k course for the first time in memory of her son, Tom Van Haaren, who died of cancer aged only 23.

She finished in just over an hour and said: “I was sponsored by family, friends and colleagues and my run raised £1260. It was a fantastic day, supported by so many people.”

Race for Life is one of Cancer Research UK’s most popular fundraising initiatives, organised to help support its work into beating all 200 types of cancer.