SLIDESHOW: Race For Life at Meadowhall

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A Sheffield shopping centre was transformed into a sea of pink as women of all ages tackling the Race For Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

About 2,300 people took on the five kilometre course around the outside of Meadowhall Shopping Centre, raising more than £200,000 in the process.

The Race For life 2015 heads round Meadowhall

The Race For life 2015 heads round Meadowhall

Many donned bright pink clothing to take part in the race, with others opting to wear fancy dress.

Cleaners carrying dusters, women dressed as Where’s Wally and even a marching band all took part in the event, along with a couple of dogs and several youngsters being pushed along the route in prams.

Friends Carol Fell, aged 57, from Rotherham, and 48-year-old Stephanie Thomas, of Norfolk Park, Sheffield, are regular runners in Race For Life.

Carol said: “We’ve been running it for a number of years. My mum had breast cancer, my mother-in-law had breast cancer and my sister-in-law also had it.

More Race For Life runners

More Race For Life runners

“Cancer has touched my life quite a lot and that is the reason we have done it for a number of years.

“The first time I did it I used to read the signs on everyone’s backs. People put a lot of time into them, but it got really upsetting so I’ve stopped doing that.”

Stephanie said: “It means more to me this year because my ex-partner has been diagnosed with prostate cancer this year and is now in remission.

“I usually raise about £60, but this year I’ve raised nearly £150.”

Time to warm up

Time to warm up

Before the race, participants took part in a warm up led by staff from Sheffield International Venues.

People lined the streets around the route, giving runners encouragement at every opportunity while Heart FM presenter David ‘Dixie’ Dixon was on hand to welcome them over the finish line.

Runner Jayne Murray, 53, from Tinsley addressed the crowd before the race.

The operations administrator at Meadowhall was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago after suffering from a persistent cough.

She underwent surgery to remove the lung following her diagnosis and was then treated with chemotherapy for four months following the procedure.

She told the runners it was only after seeing an advert about having a cough on television that she went to her doctor and was diagnosed.

Jayne said: “I might only have one lung, but there was no way I was going to let that stop me signing up and doing Race for Life for the second time.

“Cancer affects so many of us and it’s thanks to research and treatment that I’m still here today.”

Jayne was also running in memory of her aunt, who died from cancer in March.

For Marie Clarke, 28, from Woodthorpe, it was the first time she had taken part in the race.

She said: “I have lost six-and-a-half stones, so I do a lot more exercise now. I thought it would do my fitness some good.

“Everyone here seems to know someone touched by cancer.”

Her friend Tina Woodcock, 30, from Darnall, was running in support of her uncle.

She said: “My uncle John has five types of cancer. This is the sixth year I have taken part in it – I do it every year. My mum has also had cancer before, but thankfully she survived.”

Between them, the pair had raised almost £300 in sponsorship.

Among the runners taking part was former European athletics 800m bronze medallist Becky Lyne, from Broomhall, who was one of the first to cross the finish line.

The 32-year-old was running in memory of her grandmother.

Becky said: “A friend got in touch with me to see if I wanted to do the race. I’m a former athlete and I’ve not done any races for a while, so I just thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to get back involved and be in an atmosphere that is really fun and supporting such a worthy cause.

“Everybody pretty much has been effected by cancer so I think to raise awareness but also to get people to do something proactive for their health and help them prevent cancer for future generations can only be a good thing.”

Money raised by runners in the event goes to Cancer Research.

Emma Colbourne, event manager for Race for Life in Yorkshire, said: “We are absolutely thrilled so many women entered in Sheffield.”