Soggy start to Race for Life

Wakefield Thornes Park Race for life 2011. And they're off
Wakefield Thornes Park Race for life 2011. And they're off

BUNNY ears, a cowboy hat and a bright pink t-shirt are customary wear for women taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

But for women taking part in the Wakefield Thornes Park event on Sunday there was only one fashion must-have - a waterproof.

Drizzle and showers didn’t put a dampner on the Race for Life, with 3,200 women running, jogging or walking 5k in the hope of raising £280,000 for charity.

Among the runners was Express acting news editor Lindsay Pantry, who hopes to smash a £100 fundraising target.

She said: “It’s the second time I’ve done the Race for Life and this year I was determined to run the whole course. But when I woke up to pouring rain I thought it would be a disaster.

“But it turned out to be a good thing - rain certainly gets you running faster!”

Now organises are faced with the tough job of collecting in all the sponsorship money - which will help to pay for vital research into beating cancer.

Race organiser Imogen Johnson said: “Despite the rain and wind there was still a fantastic atmosphere.

“It was lovely to see so many people still around to cheer in the final few ladies over the finish line.

“Now the big day is over, we are asking our supporters to take one last step – by returning the money they have raised so that we can go on funding much needed research.”

For information on how to return sponsor money visit