Hundreds of women take part in Sunderland Race for Life 2017

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Thousands of Wearside women strode out to help tackle cancer in the Race for Life.

Around 1,100 women took park in the 5k course at Herrington Park, Sunderland, yesterday, with a further 300 participants tackling the 10k route.

Race for Life organisers say the event will raise around £85,000 for Cancer Research UK to help fund research to find new treatments for the disease.

Dressed in pink as part of the tradition, former Apprentice contestant Katie Bulmer-Cooke welcomed crowds and took part in the pre-run warm-ups.

Armed officers from Northumbria Police Firearms Support Unit were also present on the day.

Lisa Millett Cancer Research UK spokesperson said: “ As always Sunderland did us proud and turned out in their hundreds to raise awareness and money for Cancer Research UK.

“Race for Life isn’t about being the fittest, fastest or first over the finish line. It’s about women of all ages and abilities taking part and helping to beat cancer.

“Sadly, most of us know someone whose life has been touched by cancer. By taking part in Race for Life women in Sunderland have helped more men, women and children to survive the disease.”

Melissa Whiteley, 22, from Middlesbrough, was first to cross the finish line for the 10k Race in 46 minutes.

Lyndsay Walsh, 39, from Washington was first to cross the finish line for the 5k Race, in 23 minutes.

Sunderland Race for Life 2017

Sunderland Race for Life 2017

Money raised through Cancer Research UK's Race for Life helps to make long-term research and pioneering trials possible, leading to new tests, kinder treatments and cures, which could save the lives of more people across the North East.