VIDEO: Thousands take part in Leeds Race for Life

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More than 8,000 women joined the battle against cancer this weekend by taking part in Race for Life events in Leeds.

Determined fundraisers, many of them taking part in memory of loved ones, tackled 5k and 10k challenges in the stunning grounds of Temple Newsam.

Runners ready to tackle the Race for Life at Temple Newsam.

Runners ready to tackle the Race for Life at Temple Newsam.

In Leeds alone, the events – in which participants dress in pink and wear dedication signs on their backs to those who have lost their fight against the killer disease – are expected to have raised around £215,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Race for Life event manager Philippa Sharpe said: “A lot of ladies take part because they have been affected by cancer themselves.

“And it’s such a friendly event, we’ve got little ones in pushchairs all the way up to women in their 80s.

“Yorkshire lasses are great at this. I love it.”

Breast cancer survivor and Calendar presenter Christine Talbot was among more than 5,000 women who got “Pretty Muddy” in the new Tough Mudder style 5k obstacle course yesterday, while thousands more tackled this morning’s more straight forward 10k and 5k routes.

Emily Ranoble, who is recovering from a double mastectomy five weeks ago, gave an inspirational speech to the crowds ahead of the races and will be taking part in the Pontefract event in a few weeks.

The 26-year-old, from Birstall, has been writing a weekly column for the YEP about her journey to have the preventative operation after breast cancer affected two generations of women in her family.

She said: “It was an absolutely brilliant turnout today, especially because the weather was initially so bad.

“It’s just something that resonates with everybody and even the name ‘Race for Life’ is such a positive thing.”

Anna Radosz, who lives in Armley, was running in memory of her sister-in-law Lusi Radosz who died of breast cancer aged just 27, four years ago.

The 31-year-old said: “She was my best friend and when she died she left me her young daughter to take care of, who was only four and a half years old.

“I feel very emotional because May 29 was the date she was told she had cancer.

“But I’m happy to be here and I don’t think this will be the last time I do this.”

Stephanie Dobosch, from Halifax, was running her first Race for Life in memory of her mum Susan, who lost her battle two years ago.

The 30-year-old said: “It’s just over two years since I lost my mum to breast cancer.

“It spread quite quickly and I was 11 weeks pregnant with her first grandchild when she died, so I wanted to do this to make her proud.”

Along with several other friends she was hoping to raise around £1,000.

Cancer Research UK is expecting around 530,000 women to take part in its series of women-only events around the UK this summer, raising £50m to help fund life-saving work.

To enter visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.