1500 take part in Falkirk’s Race for Life

Grace Newton and mum Janet
Grace Newton and mum Janet

Callendar Park turned pink on Sunday as 1500 women gathered for Race for Life.

The fun-loving fundraisers, many of whom had dressed up for the event, walked, ran and danced around the 5K route with family and friends by their sides.

But several of those taking part also had loved ones they had lost to cancer in their hearts.

Anna Thompson, Race for Life event manager said: “We want to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part or supported our participants, as well as the wonderful volunteers who helped to make it happen. Sadly, most of us know someone whose life has been touched by cancer.”

Brave Grangemouth six-year-old Grace Newton and her mum Janet got this year’s race underway.

Grace, who has been through 14 rounds of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with bone cancer last year, sounded the airhorn to start the popular Cancer Research UK event.

Janet said: “Grace got so many cheers from the crowd and, because we were able to start the Race from the stage, we could see everyone going past. Lots of people were waving at Grace. It was so nice.”