‘Race for Life will be even bigger this year!’

IN THE PINK Race for Life organisers, from left, Suzi Dent, Alice Gayner and Jemma Molloy
IN THE PINK Race for Life organisers, from left, Suzi Dent, Alice Gayner and Jemma Molloy
On the evening of October 23,1970 two tankers collided six miles south of the Isle of Wight. 13 crewmen died.

Flames from the oil tanker Pacific Glory could be seen from Portsdown Hill

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women will star on a huge billboard in a bid to make this year’s Race for Life bigger than ever.

Organisers Cancer Research UK and Tesco hope to get 13,000 women involved in the event on July 24, and hit the streets yesterday to find their promotional poster girls.

A team of women in tutus and a pink bus were out taking photos of mums, daughters, grandmas, friends and workmates which will be made into a collage and pasted on a city billboard later this month.

Suzi Dent, Race for Life event manager for Portsmouth, said: ‘We’ve had a good reaction from people already, especially down at the University of Portsmouth.

‘Hopefully the poster, filled with local faces, will encourage more women to get involved – we want to have as many people as possible taking part this year to make it Portsmouth’s biggest ever.’

In 2010, 7,532 woman took part in the Race for Life at Southsea Common and managed to raise an impressive £401,900 – a figure organisers hope to double this year.

Ms Dent added: ‘It’s all about having fun and rasing money, it’s not a competitive race about times or miles, it’s about girls getting together and supporting each other.’

Hazel Bedford, Race for Life’s national manager for South England, said: ‘Portsmouth is our biggest event in the south and we want to get as many women of all ages, sizes and abilities to get involved and help make it even bigger.

‘The more people who take part, the more money we can raise to help diagnose, treat and support cancer and beat this terrible disease.’

The team are snapping more lovely ladies in Gunwharf Quays today and have turned the Spinnaker Tower pink to help raise awareness for their cause.

The location of the board and when it will go up are yet to be decided.

One in three people are diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their life, but more people than ever are beating the disease thanks to funds raised at events like the Race for Life.

For information or to enter the race visit.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.