Fifers Race for Life in Kirkcaldy

Race for Life in Kirkcaldy.  Pic by Fife Photo Agency.
Race for Life in Kirkcaldy. Pic by Fife Photo Agency.
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Almost 2000 woman took part in this year’s Race for Life in Kirkcaldy on Sunday morning.

The annual event, which raises money for Cancer Research UK, saw many taking part who have survived cancer themselves, or participating in memory or celebration of loved ones.

Amelia Gray (3), who won her battle with cancer, and her sister Rhian (4), started off the 10k at Beveridge Park.  They are pictured with their mum Amanda.  Pic: Fife Photo Agency.

Amelia Gray (3), who won her battle with cancer, and her sister Rhian (4), started off the 10k at Beveridge Park. They are pictured with their mum Amanda. Pic: Fife Photo Agency.

Three-year-old Amelia Gray, who has survived cancer, was joined by her big sister Rhian (4), to sound the klaxon to start the 10k event.

And among the 350 women taking part in this category was their mum Amanda.

Amanda decided to take part in the local Race for Life after Amelia was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, in September 2014.

Amelia received the all clear in March and is now able to enjoy her time at nursery and playing with Rhian.

Claire Coolridge and Angela McCauley from Kirkcaldy took part in the Race for Life. Pics by  Fife Photo Agency.

Claire Coolridge and Angela McCauley from Kirkcaldy took part in the Race for Life. Pics by Fife Photo Agency.

Amanda (38), said: “The girls had a great time going on stage and sounding the horn to start the race.

“And, although it was a bit wet, they really enjoyed splashing about in their wellies.

“Cancer Research UK is a charity very close to our hearts and we were really happy to be involved.”

Sounding the klaxon for the 5k event, which saw 1400 women take part, was breast cancer survivor Carole Smith, who herself has completed three Race for Life events.

Warming up for the Race for Life.  Pic by Fife Photo Agency.

Warming up for the Race for Life. Pic by Fife Photo Agency.

Last year the 2000 women who took part in Race for Life Kirkcaldy helped raise £120,000 for the charity and it is hoped this year’s event will be just as successful.

Angela Wilson, event manager for Kirkcaldy, said: “We are very grateful to Carole Smith and to the Gray family for supporting Race for Life. Their courage in coping with cancer is truly inspirational.

“The atmosphere at Race for Life Kirkcaldy is unique. You can sense the incredible power and strength that comes from thousands of women joining together to confront cancer.

“Reading the participants’ back signs, which proclaim their reason for taking part in Race for Life, is a very emotional experience. Many signs have been beautifully decorated with photographs in tribute to loved ones whose lives have been touched by the disease. We are always moved by the strength of local support.”

Entries are already open for next year’s 5K and 10K Race for Life Kirkcaldy on Sunday 26 June. To enter Race for Life today visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.