8000 Race for Life in Leeds

by : Krissy Haze

This year's Race for Life saw 8,000 women run 5km around Temple Newsam in Leeds. The all-woman race saw thousands of women run in memory of friends and relatives and raise plenty of money for Cancer Research UK.

Many of the runners wore signs to show who they were running for. Among those running in the event were friends and relatives of June Rowling, who died aged just 48 in July 2007 from a rare form of sarcoma. A 14-strong team ran in memory of June, including her sister Carolyn Green and best friend Bev Myers. Ms Myers was proud to be running for her friend and said that June was a very charitable person. She said: 'June actually raised thousands of pounds for charities through Mirfield Ladies Circle.' Ms Rowling echoed this sentiment, she said: 'She was always a doer. She had even done a couple of these races before she got ill.'

Alice Patterson, a 21-year-old trainee teacher, was also racing in memory of a loved one - her mother, Christine, who died from breast cancer when Alice was just eight years old. Claire Kirby and her cousin completed the race in Minnie Mouse outfits in memory of her mother and father-in-law. She said: 'There's a great atmosphere. We want to raise as much as possible... hopefully ?800 between us.'

Jenny Key, who organised the event, said that she was thrilled with the way the year's event had gone. She said: 'It was absolutely fantastic. The weather stayed out for us, it was dry, there was a really good turnout and everybody finished. It was a great day.'

The Cancer Research UK Race for Life started in London's Battersea Park in 1994. There are now over 260 Race for Life events throughout the UK, which have raised over ?200 million for the cancer charity. In 2006, a men's version of the event, Run for Moore, was launched and it has already raised over ?450,000 for charity.