Runners dress up for Cancer Research UK's Race for Life
A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl was first across the finish line as thousands of women with their tutus, wigs and fairy wings firmly attached joined the biggest fight against cancer.
A sea of pink washed over Royal Windsor Racecourse on Saturday and Sunday as more than 6,500 women laced up their trainers for Cancer Research UK's Race for Life.
First across the finish line on Sunday was Holyport CofE Primary School pupil, Abbie Jones.
The nine-year-old, who joined the race for a second year, said: "I was very excited to finish first. I'm looking forward to showing my friends at school my medal."
Emotions were high as entrants remembered loved ones lost to cancer or who are still fighting the disease with personal messages pinned on their backs.
Marianne Randolph, 23, from Windsor, was running in memory of her dad, who lost his battle with cancer in August. She said: "It has been a great atmosphere and a lovely day. It has been quite emotional, but a nice day to do it on because it's Father's Day."
The women of all ages and fitness levels, dressed in every shade of pink, had a common goal to walk, jog or run 5k to help beat cancer.
Lea Blake, Race for Life event manager for Windsor, said: "Race for Life in Windsor was a fantastic event and we are so very grateful to the 6,592 ladies who took part and all those who supported our participants, as well as the wonderful volunteers who helped make the event happen."
She added: "Cancer Research UK doesn't receive any Government funding for its ground-breaking work. So the money people in Windsor raise through Race for Life is crucial because it means we can go on supporting the pioneering work of doctors, nurses and scientists who are fighting cancer on all fronts."
Event organisers are hoping to have raised £531,525.
For information on returning sponsorship money, or to make a donation, visit www.raceforlife.org