Turning the spotlight on Falkirk’s Race for Life

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Hundreds of women did Falkirk proud on Sunday when they turned out in their droves to support this year’s Race for Life.

Glorious sunshine added an extra warmth to the event organised by Cancer Research UK.

Hundreds of women took part in Falkirk's Race for Life

Hundreds of women took part in Falkirk's Race for Life

Just over 1550 fundraising females swapped their Sunday morning sleep-in for a fun-packed weekend workout as they walked, ran or jogged the 5K route at Callendar Park.

This week, organisers praised the women who joined in the fun to raise crucial funds for the charity.

Gillian Forsyth, Cancer Research UK’s Scottish events manager said: “I just want to say thank you to all the ladies who took part in the Race for Life in Callendar Park.

“It was a fantastic day, and the sun was splitting the sky, and I really hope you all had a wonderful time.

“Please remember to return your sponsorship money which you can do via the website www.raceforlife.org.”

Provost Pat Reid officially opened the event, while Zumba Donna Griffen and Central FM got the ladies motivated and kept the crowds entertained.

There was an excellent atmosphere at the event as local women came together to remember a loved one or simply join the fight against cancer.

Friends, sisters, mums, daughters, cousins and aunts linked arms for the race, with many really getting into the spirit by dressing up or writing dedications on their backs.

The first runner crossed the line in just 20 minutes, but most women enjoyed the sunshine and took their time going round the route,

Carron teenager Jill Hendry, who is coping with a rapid deterioration of her sight, said she enjoyed this year’s event, completing the 5K in 28 minutes 30 seconds with guide Elaine McKay.

The 17-year-old, who also took part last year said: “Last year, I was still quite down because of my sight loss, and I think some people were put off by the rainy weather.

“But this year, it was a lovely day and I’d been training for quite a while so I just wanted to see how fast I could do it. It was a really good day.”

If you missed the Falkirk event but want to support Race For Life, events are being held in Fife on June 24 and Stirling on May 27.

For more information, visit www.raceforlife.org.