VIDEO: Thousands of ladies turn out to kick cancer’s backside

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CLUMBER Park was awash with over 3,000 charity chicks on Sunday as part of the Race For Life.

Thousands more turned out in force to show their support for the big-hearted women, who were there to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Wilf For Life: Golden Retriever Wilf donned a Race For Life Scarf in support of the 3,000+ ladies at Clumber Park on Sunday

Wilf For Life: Golden Retriever Wilf donned a Race For Life Scarf in support of the 3,000+ ladies at Clumber Park on Sunday

Following a brisk warm-up work-out led by Vicky Kennedy of Fit4Fun, the race got under way with runners, joggers and walkers all staggered, to help the start run smoothly.

Attending the event to cheer on his wife and sister-in-law, Editorial Director for South Yorkshire and Peaks - which includes Chad, Worksop Guardian and Derbyshire Times - James Mitchinson was full of admiration.

He said: “I knew there would be a lot of people taking part, but I didn’t imagine for a moment that quite so many people would be there.

“It was so very humbling. There were a few tears around the park and to read messages of remembrance on people’s backs, to loved ones they’d lost really makes you think about what’s important in life.

James’ wife Christa, along with her sister Kaylie Westwood were there to raise money in memory of their late dad, Graham Westwood. Also running in his memory were his baby grandson Jack alongside mum, Alex Ashton.

Between them they raised almost £800.

Said Christa: “Like everyone else here, we’re just happy to do our bit to help others. Every one of the runners will have a tale of grief and loss similar to ours, so there’s a real sense of togetherness.

“I’d also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored us. We really are grateful.”