Women on the run in the sun

The Race for Life on its way through Aykley Heads.
The Race for Life on its way through Aykley Heads.
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THOUSANDS of women stepped out in the sunshine to raise cash to help the fight against cancer.

A total of 3,400 women gathered in Durham to take part in the city’s leg of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

They took in some of Durham’s stunning scenery, including Durham Art Gallery and the DLI Museum, as part of the 5km route.

About 2,700 fund-raisers of all ages took part in the morning session, with a further 700 stepping out in the scorching sun for the afternoon event.

Many ran the course but the heat left many of them opting to walk the route through the Aykley Heads area of Durham.

Organiser Helen Tibbott has hailed the day a success and said the weather added to the occasion.

She said: “It went really well and everybody really enjoyed themselves. We had one or two comments about the route, people saying how scenic it was and how attractive it was.

“There was a brilliant atmosphere – people said it was so nice – and the weather could not have been better.

“We are very pleased because it is the biggest turnout we have had this year and it all went so smoothly.

“The fastest runners completed the course in 21 minutes in the morning and 22 minutes in the afternoon.”

Organisers are hoping that when the donations from Sunday’s events are counted up, they will have an extra £315,000 to help Cancer Research UK.

Among the women taking part was a team of 20 from the head office at Meadowfield of transport and energy firm The Banks Group, who trained during their lunch breaks.

Last month, thousands of women raised cash when they took to two tracks over two days at Herrington Country Park in Sunderland.

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