PHOTOS: Burnley’s Race For Life 2015

Nearly 850 mums, daughters, grandmas, sisters and aunties walked, ran, danced and chatted their way around Towneley Park on Sunday morning in a great show of sisterhood in the fight against cancer.

The all-women Race for Life event took over the whole park with the menfolk acting as spectators and supporters, cheering and applauding everyone to the finish line.

The “run” around the park has become a must on the local calendar and after Sunday’s event, when all the sponsorship money comes in, they hope to have raised around £65,000 for Cancer Research UK.

The competitors, many in crazy costumes and all wearing pink, started arriving from 9-30am and by 10-45 it was time for a mass aerobic warm up workout led by Angela Shian from the Oaks Leisure Centre. Then local woman Debbie Procter, whose life has been touched by cancer when she lost her dad to the disease, told her story on the stage. She has now become a keen volunteer for Cancer Research and raised the flag to start the event.

Many of the competitors had notices on their backs naming a loved one they were remembering and at the end every single member of this pink army was a winner.

Cancer Research Race for Life at Towneley Park. Burnley.'Pictures by Paul Currie

Cancer Research Race for Life at Towneley Park. Burnley.'Pictures by Paul Currie