Thousands take part in the Race for Life

15/6/14- Race For Life, Hastings.
15/6/14- Race For Life, Hastings.

RUNNERS, joggers and walkers put their best foot forward on Sunday and helped reach a fundraising target after taking part in this year’s Race for Life in Hastings.

Mums, daughters and the young and old dusted off their pink tutus and turned out at Alexandra Park for the event, which this year saw the introduction of a 10k run for the first time in the town for the Cancer Research UK fundraiser.

Race For Life in Alexandra Park

Race For Life in Alexandra Park

A total of 1,960 people took part in the women only event, with just under 300 of them opting for the 10k run.

It was hoped that this year’s charity event would beat the 2013 figure of £92,036 being raised for charity and the target for 2014 was £96,600.

Helen Curtis, Race for Life event manager in the south, said the goal had been achieved, adding: “We had 1,960 people take part and we have reached the £96,600 target and expect sponsorship money to come in next month.

“It was a brilliant day, perfect weather as it was not too hot but it wasn’t raining.

“It’s the first year we did the 10k in Hastings and that went really well and it was a really good atmosphere on the day.

“It was a good turnout for the 10k and we’ll definitely keep it for next year and see if it grows.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events which helps raise millions of pounds for charity.

Last year, 1,692 women took part in Race for Life in Alexandra Park, helping to raise £92,036.