SCOTLAND’S Race for Life launched its 2013 calendar in South Queensferry at the weekend with a 5k event at Hopetoun House.
This year’s race produced its best ever turn out with around 1000 women out in force to surpass last year’s 750 participants.
And if last year’s total of £71,000 is anything to go by, it is expected Sunday’s race may have raised close to £100,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Hamish Moir, event manager for Race for Life in the Lothians and Fife, said: “The support we have received in South Queensferry is absolutely tremendous and we are thrilled that so many women have entered.
“We want to say a heart-felt thanks to everyone who took part or supported our participants, as well as the wonderful volunteers who helped make it happen.
“Now the big day is over, we are asking our supporters to take one last step by returning the money they have raised so that we can go on funding much-needed research.
“So, whatever the amount, we’re asking everyone to make every effort to return their sponsorship money as soon as possible. It can be paid online, by phone or by cheque.”
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of events which raises millions to fund scientific research.
With the success of events like Race for Life, Cancer Research UK was able to contribute over £4 million to scientific and clinical research in Edinburgh last year alone.
Hamish said: “Race for Life is non-competitive.
“There’s no need to worry about being fit or fast because you can walk, jog or even dance your way around the course.
“There’s still time to enter a Race for Life event this year as events continue over the next few weeks.”
Race for Life will return to the Forth Valley next weekend (May 19) with a 5k at the University of Stirling’s Gannochy Sports Centre.
On June 9 the series arrives at Falkirk with the 5k at Callendar Park, before the Edinburgh 5k and 10k events at Holyrood park the following weekend.
To find out more about upcoming events, or to return sponsorship online, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.
*KIRSTY’S KUTIES stepped out in the Hopetoun sunshine on Sunday, smashing their Race for Life target in memory of Bo’ness mum and wife Kirsty Fairclough.
Hairdresser Kirsty, who worked in a Linlithgow salon, passed away earlier this year from breast cancer.
Daughter Rhea (16), a member of the 12-strong team, cheered on by Kirsty’s husband Jim, her sister Valerie and niece Hayley from Grangemouth, made over £1300.
Close friend Fiona Burns, who stays on Dean Road, near the Faircloughs, said it was a very emotional day but everyone had enjoyed it. A ‘huge thank you’ goes to all donors. You can still give money, via www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/KirstysKuties