Horsham’s first ever Race for Life has been hailed a great success by organisers today (Sunday June 2).
Around 1,700 women took to the park this morning to run, jog and walk around the three mile course in a bid to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.
“It’s been absolutely amazing,” said event manager Hannah Ford. “The weather’s been fantastic.”
She said participant numbers were high for the first race in Horsham.
“It’s a really emotional time,” continued Hannah, whose family has been affected by cancer.
“This event makes you realise how many people are affected by it. It’s a cause that’s really close to my heart.”
Pink-clad women wore the names of those they had lost or had suffered the disease.
An energetic warm up session from Crawley based The Gym followed a minute of silence in honour of all of those who have lost their lives to cancer.
Fairies, bunnies and even whoopie-cushions made their way to the start line.
Heart radio counted down from ten and let runners loose at 11am.
A sea of pink made its way through the town centre before reaching Chesworth Farm and returning to Horsham Park via the historic Causeway. “Everyone was friendly, talking to each other and supporting a fantastic cause,” said one runner. “It was an amazing event.”
Organisers hope today’s event has raised around £100,000 for the charity.