Hundreds of women dressed in pink and took part in Buxton’s first Race for Life in the Pavilion Gardens.
More than 650 people signed up for the race, organised by Cancer Research UK, and are on target to raise £35,000 to help fund life-saving research.
Harry Hardiker, area events manager for Cancer Research UK, was pleased with the turnout for the first 5km race, which started and finished on the Gardens’ Promenade.
He said: “I am really pleased with the turnout, especially as the race was new to Buxton. We will definitely be coming back next year, we just need to organise a date with the council.
“There was such a great atmosphere and it really brought the community together. Everyone has their own reasons for running, but together those women were running to help beat cancer.” Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK. Runners completed two laps of the Pavilion Gardens course, with the last person to cross the line being an 80-year-old competitor in a time of one hour and seven minutes.
Friends and colleagues signed up to take part in the race, including a team from The Old Hall Hotel. Emma Potter, operations manager, said: “It’s great that the Race for Life has come to Buxton and, being on our doorstep, we had to get involved. It brings people together for a good cause.”
Michele Cox was proud of her daughter Jemima, who at the age of seven stepped in to run the race in place of her sister Issy, who after signing up had realised she had a solo with her school choir and was unable to run.
Michele said: “I’m so proud of her. She trained, ran the race and raised a massive £1,100 in just three weeks.”