Thousands of Race for Life runners don wigs to turn Rhyl pink

Reporter:

Suzanne Kendrick

THOUSANDS of women donned pink wigs, stuck on their race numbers and banded together in the fight against cancer.

Rhyl’s Race for Life started and finished at the Events Arena on the promenade.

The women-only event, held to raise money for Cancer Research UK, brought all generations together.

Victoria Whitehead, from Glan Clwyd Hospital’s Cancer Centre, won the race.

Eighteen-month old Lily Hidli was thought to be the youngest runner competing in the event.

Kirsti Thompson, Cancer Research UK’s North Wales events manager, said: “The atmosphere on the day was electric – full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter – as more than 1,000 like-minded ladies came together to unite in the fight against cancer.

“Our participants play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into better treatments for patients in North Wales and across the UK and we’d like to thank everyone who took part in the event on Sunday, hopefully raising an unbelievable £70,000.

“We’re now calling on everyone who took part in Race for Life in Rhyl to take the vital last step by returning their sponsorship, money so that our scientists, doctors and nurses can continue to make vital strides forward in research.”

Cancer Research UK will be bringing the first Race for Life Pretty Muddy to North Wales, at Chirk Castle, on October 7; this is a “unique” five-kilometre obstacle route.

For information on how to return sponsorship money or to make a donation, visit www.raceforlife.org

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