Women make a splash and get muddy for cancer research

Competitors take part in the Race For Life, Pretty Muddy event on Southsea Common.
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (160972-1)

Competitors take part in the Race For Life, Pretty Muddy event on Southsea Common. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (160972-1)

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THEIR pink T-shirts were all shiny and clean as they were cheered off from the start line.

Hundreds of women shouted in unison ‘Let’s get pretty muddy’ – and that they did.

A competitor in the Pretty Muddy event on Southsea Common (160972-5)

A competitor in the Pretty Muddy event on Southsea Common (160972-5)

By the end of the 5K obstacle course around Southsea Common the participants were caked in mud.

The mud-covered racers made for some great pictures.

And the event raised thousands of pounds for Cancer Research.

There was a carnival atmosphere on the common as women warmed up for the event, with uplifting tunes like ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ and ‘Firework’.

The end of the race was a great spectacle to watch as women came hurtling down a slide into a pool of mud before racing to the finish line.

In first place was Britt Folkerman, 44, from Denmark.

She was on holiday in Portsmouth, having come to see HMS Victory. She thought she would try out the race.

‘It was fun,’ she said.

In second place was Gemma Cartwright, 31, a hairdresser from the Isle of Wight.

‘It’s a really good cause,’ she said.

‘Everyone knows somebody affected by cancer.

‘This has been a fun thing to do. What else can you do on a Saturday other than get muddy?’

Holly Blaber, 29, a promoter from Southsea, came third.

She said: ‘I do this every year. I have just done the one in Southampton and I’m trying to do them all.

‘My auntie died four weeks ago and I want to raise as much money as possible.

‘It means so much to me.’

Also competing in a team were Becci Davis, 34, from Blendworth Crescent, Leigh Park, and Tina Chase, 44, from Grebe Close, Wecock Farm.

Becci said: ‘I have done this for everyone. I just wanted to make a difference.’

Tina, who works in the health profession, said: ‘My uncle is fighting lung cancer at the moment.

‘My best friend had non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and I worked in oncology for five years.’

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