Burnley’s Race For Life a huge success

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Hundreds of runners took part in this year’s Burnley Race For Life as Towneley Park turned pink for the day.

More than one thousand women turned out for the annual 5k event which raises money for Cancer Research UK.

Nine-year-old Burnley girl Ella Dorrington crossed the finishing line in first place but the real winner on the day was undoubtedly the charity.

Event organiser Jennifer Ward said the race always did well in Burnley and they were looking forward to coming back next year.

“We’ve done a few in Burnley now and it’s always a good event,” she said. “We’re hoping raise more than £50,000. We’ve had a similar turnout to last year, around 1.050 women, and everyone is really enjoying themselves. People have been here since 9am and everyone is in high spirits. It doesn’t matter who you are, whether you’re young or old, everyone is welcome to take part and that is the beauty of it.”

As well as raising money for Cancer Research UK people were also running the course in memory of those whose lives have been affected by cancer.

Alan Dorrington. dad of winner Ella, said his daughter, who finished the race in 22 minutes and 53 seconds, was running for her grandma who had been diagnosed with cancer a few years earlier.

“Fortunately she survived but it’s still nice to be able to come and do something in aid of Cancer Research. We’re very proud of Ella, She did really well and I think that’s one of her fastest times for 5k.”