Sunderland charity runners out in force for Race for Life

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Rain couldn’t stop play at the Race for Life today as almost 2,000 women pulled on their running shoes for charity.

Crowds of thousands braved the wet and windy weather to go along to Herrington Country Park and cheer on the runners.

CHARITY: Fundraisers take part in the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD

CHARITY: Fundraisers take part in the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD

Around 500 people took part in the 10k race followed by another 1,500 who ran, jogged and walked the 5k course.

Leading the ladies in the warm ups, and completing both races, was Sunderland fitness guru, Katie Bulmer-Cooke, who said: “The atmosphere was fantastic. No-one seemed to care about the weather, which was horrible, or that we had wet feet, or the course was hilly, they were just enjoying it.”

Runners of all ages took part including three generations of one Hall Farm family, Diane Steele, 53, her daughter, Kirsty, 30, and granddaughters, Laila Steele, nine, and seven-year-old Missy Kennedy.

Missy, said: “I am running for everyone.”

CHARITY: Fundraisers take part in the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD

CHARITY: Fundraisers take part in the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD

Mother and daughter, Wendy, 42, and ten-year-old Elle McCartney, a pupil at Murton’s Ribbon Academy, were also among the thousands who pulled on their running shoes for such a worthy cause.

Wendy, who lives in Murton, said: “My mam is going through treatment for breast cancer and this is just our way of saying thank you for all that is being done for her.”

Cancer Research UK hopes to raise about £120,000 from the day.

Lisa Millett, one of the organisers, said: “Despite the terrible weather, it has not put anyone off and they have still come along and supported us.

CHARITY: Special guests Louise Seery (left) and Katie Bulmer-Cooke attend the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD

CHARITY: Special guests Louise Seery (left) and Katie Bulmer-Cooke attend the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD

“It is fantastic for all these women to get together and raise such a huge amount of money and all of it goes to live-saving research.”

•See more pictures from the Race for Life here.

CHARITY: Fundraisers take part in the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD

CHARITY: Fundraisers take part in the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD

CHARITY: Fundraisers take part in the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD

CHARITY: Fundraisers take part in the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD

CHARITY: Fundraisers take part in the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD

CHARITY: Fundraisers take part in the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD

CHARITY: Fundraisers take part in the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD

CHARITY: Fundraisers take part in the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD

CHARITY: Fundraisers take part in the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD

CHARITY: Fundraisers take part in the Race for Life event at Herrington Country Park Picture: DAVID WOOD