Race for Life: ‘The whole thing was fantastic’

WAVING The 10km runners (112603-7829)
WAVING The 10km runners (112603-7829)

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ORGANISERS said this year’s race had a record-breaking turnout.

More than 2,000 women took part in the 10km race, which started at 9am.

THEY'RE OFF The 5km race is under way.   (112603-3655)

THEY'RE OFF The 5km race is under way. (112603-3655)

This was followed by the more popular 5km race which saw around 7,200 women running along the sunny Southsea seafront.

It is thought the Portsmouth event was the biggest Race for Life in the region this year.

Suzi Dent, the event manager for Cancer Research UK, said: ‘It went really well, the whole thing was fantastic.

‘Everything has been running on time and the weather held out for us so it was great.

‘We actually managed to beat last year’s figure for the number of people taking part.

‘I think this race day has been the biggest in the region this year. I am so impressed with the ladies who have come out today.

‘This year is my first time running the Portsmouth event and I have been blown away.

‘We are really pleased.

‘Portsmouth has done us proud.’

Last year there were around 7,500 participants across both the 5km and the 10km event.

This is the second year the race has included a 10km route, while the 5km race has been taking place in Portsmouth for ten years.

Ms Dent added: ‘The 10km event seems to be really taking off.

‘It seems like people are really interested in taking that extra challenge.

‘Some people have been taking part in the race for years so perhaps it is a nice step up for them.’