Thousands of women get ready for Norwich Race for Life

The green fields of the Norfolk Showground will be awash with a sea of pink this weekend as thousands of women flock to take part in a charity fun run.

This Saturday and Sunday the Race for Life is coming to Norwich again and more than 9,336 women – including cancer survivors and people taking part in memory or celebration of their loved ones – will walk, jog or run the 5k and 10k routes to raise money for life-saving research.

The Cancer Research UK event is a women-only series which raises millions every year for life-saving research into all cancers – helping men, women and children across the region. And while it is only women and girls who will be running, plenty of men will be helping out and the whole family is invited to take part.

This year there will be activities for children, from face painting to bouncy castles, local gyms and stands offering massages.

It is not competitive and many women choose to walk the 5k route, chatting and having fun.

In the hour it takes most participants to walk 5k, around two people will be diagnosed with cancer in the East of England.

Vicki Brown, Race for Life event manager for Norfolk, said: 'Looking at all the 'back signs' that women wear at the event, declaring why they are taking part in Race for Life, is a very emotional experience. Many have survived cancer themselves or are taking part in tribute to their loved ones whose lives have been touched by the disease.'

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Organisers are hoping the Norwich event will raise close to a million pounds.

Women can boost their contribution to Cancer Research UK's work by doing a 'wardrobe work-out' before their event.

The charity is encouraging them to sort out and bag up clothes, books and accessories they no longer use and take them to the 'donation station' at Race for Life.

Each bag could help raise as much as an extra �30 for life-saving research.

Visit over the weekend or buy Monday's edition of the Evening News to see pictures and coverage of the event. Send your pictures and stories from Race For Life to

The 10k run is at 10am on Saturday, followed by a 5k run at 2pm, and at 11am and 3pm on Sunday.