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More than 3,000 women take part in Race for Life at Lloyd Park

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WEARING all shades of pink and photos of lost loved ones, thousands of women did their bit to help beat cancer.
A total 3,125 took part in today's Race for Life in Lloyd Park, raising roughly £245,000 through sponsorship for Cancer Research UK, organisers said.
Georgia Bell, 14, of Sutton, was first around the course, in just 20 minutes and 59 seconds.
She said: "I am doing it for all the people who have been affected by cancer.
"I hope to raise money and raise awareness - every little helps."
Among the others taking part was cancer survivor Sally Scott, 56, of South Norwood.
She first took part in Race for Life 15 years ago, and one year ran it just a few months after finishing radiotherapy.
"It was very emotional," she said, adding: "I a lot of people I know have had cancer."
Her running companion Melanie Hawkins, 43, of central Croydon, was running for a friend of her mother's, Jackie Warren, a breast cancer sufferer.
She added: "I ran it last year for my uncle; he had prostrate cancer but he is doing ok."
Five members of the Patel family, from age 8 to 47, from Coulsdon, were running together.
Mum Shila, 47, said: " I work in healthcare so I see lots of different types of cancer.
"There but for the Grace of God go I' - it is them today but it could be us tomorrow. We are all in this together.
Cancer survivor Brenda Fortune, 66, of Selsdon, was also running with several members of her family and friends.
She said: "They say cancer will affect 1 in 3 people - well I have three daughters and I think, rather me than one of them."
Adam Moon, 41, from Coulsdon, did not let his gender stop him from taking part in the all-women event.
Wearing a sock-stuffed bra and pink tutu skirt, he ran with a friend for her mother, a cancer survivor.
He said: "It is all for a good cause: To help people survive cancer and live longer, and hopefully find a cure one day."
"I have not seen any other men, although there were last year."
More photos and stories to follow, both on this website and in Friday's edition of the Croydon Advertiser

More than 3,000 women take part in Race for Life at Lloyd Park


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