Thousands take part in a sunny Race for Life in Southsea

Izabelle Cassap, from Havant, with her mother Hannah Cassap, 34, at the start of the 10k Race for Life on Southsea Common
Izabelle Cassap, from Havant, with her mother Hannah Cassap, 34, at the start of the 10k Race for Life on Southsea Common
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THOUSANDS of women put on their best pink running outfits to show cancer who is boss.

About 2,000 women took part in the 10k Race for Life this morning, which set off from Southsea Common.

A further 4,000 women ran, walked and jogged the 5k race, starting at 11.30am.

Southsea Common was a sea of pink, with plenty of feather boas, tutus and fairy wings, all in aid of charity Cancer Research UK. At the front of the 10k race at the starting line was seven-year-old Izabelle Cassap, from Havant, with her mother Hannah Cassap, 34.

It was the fifth time the mother and daughter had taken part and the first time they attempted the 10k, inspired by the death of Hannah’s grandfather 29 years ago.

Izabelle, a pupil at Fairfield School, said: ‘I’m doing it raise money for all the poorly people.’

It gets bigger and more emotional every year, and it is humbling to think that everyone here has been touched by cancer.

Pompey compere ‘Touchline’ Tony Male

Hannah, who also works in a radiotherapy ward, said: ‘I used to sit with all the cancer patients and it was very emotional so I thought why not do something to help?’

There were jubilant scenes as the women crossed the finish line, cheered on by Pompey legend Touchline Tony Male.

He said: ‘It gets bigger and more emotional every year, and it is humbling to think that everyone here has been touched by cancer.’

Chris Woods, area events manager for Cancer Research UK, said: ‘We had over 6,000 women taking part to show cancer who is boss and raised nearly £580,000 for Cancer Research UK and we had an amazing day at the same time.

‘It is really humbling to know that all the hard work that we put in beforehand has paid off and it is really humbling to see so many women taking part.’