THOUSANDS of women are expected to take part in the Race for Life – and organisers are urging people to come and cheer them on.
Event manager Fiona Miller said 5,500 have registered to take part in the 5k race, with 1,900 due to run in the 10k.
She said: ‘It’s the biggest one this year. It’s normally quite an emotional atmosphere. We see thousands and thousands of people.
‘It’s a positive event – it’s doing something to help.
‘It’s a good day out apart from the run.
‘We’d love people to come along and cheer.
‘People cheering them on through the finish – it can be the thing that gets you over the finish line.’
The run attracts women who have been affected by cancer – including survivors, their families and friends.
The 10k race starts at 9am on Sunday at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
The 5k race starts at the same place at 11.30am.
Fiona added: ‘It’s quite amazing to see how many people it affects.
‘It does affect everyone – it’s quite staggering.’
As reported, 7,624 women ran last year’s races and raised £412,749.
The number of people racing this year is slightly down from last year.
The whole team from Everetts Pharmacy in Locks Heath Shopping Village will be running the 5k.
The group of 15 will be putting on bright pink Haiwaiian grass skirts and carrying their magenta flamingo across the line.
Group leader Sue Adams said: ‘The team gets added to each year.
‘We all know someone who’s had cancer – close family and friends have died from it or suffered. It’s very personal to the shop.
‘It’s very emotional but it’s very rewarding – we know we’ve done something to help.
They plan to walk most of the race before running across the finishing line.
Sue added: ‘We just want to raise as much money as we can.’
The group has already raised £1,800 for this year’s race.