In the pink for 2011 Race for Life!

Above, a young Race for Life participant looks happy. Below, Lauren Ramsey (left) and friend Amy Allan.

Above, a young Race for Life participant looks happy. Below, Lauren Ramsey (left) and friend Amy Allan.

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A POPULAR park was transformed into a sea of pink as thousands of women took part in the Race for Life.

More than 3,600 women and girls hit the 5km route at Herrington Country Park yesterday to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.

Race for Life 2011 at Herrington County Park on Sunday - Lauren Ramsey (left) who was running in memory of her mum who died of cancer just two days before Christmas. lauren is pictured with friend Amy Allan.

Race for Life 2011 at Herrington County Park on Sunday - Lauren Ramsey (left) who was running in memory of her mum who died of cancer just two days before Christmas. lauren is pictured with friend Amy Allan.

They followed in the footsteps of more than one thousand female fund-raisers who took part in the 10km event on Saturday.

In total, Race for Life organisers hope to raise more than £400,000 over the weekend.

For many, the event was an emotional one with thousands running in memory of both lost loved ones and those who have won their fight against cancer.

Lauren Ramsay, 22, of Edward Burdis Street, Southwick, put aside her pain to start the race yesterday in memory of her mum Sandra.

Dressed as a Pink Lady, Lauren, a dental nurse, joined Steve Cram to set the women on their way before joining them.

Mum-of-two Sandra, 51, died just days before Christmas after being diagnosed with cancer.

Lauren said: “It’s a very emotional day for me but I know my mum would be very proud of me.

“The atmosphere at Race for Life is electric and the spirit of sisterhood and support is amazing. It’s been a fabulous day and I hope to have raised a lot of money for the cause.”

Olympian Steve Cram was also on hand to get the Race for Life started.

He said: “I think it’s fantastic to see all these people here. One of the main reasons people run nowadays is because they have a reason to run and this is the biggest example of that.

“People don’t usually run for fun so for most of the people here the reason is because their mum or relative of friends have had cancer and it’s great that people have the chance to give something back.”

l More great Race for Life pictures in today’s centre pages.