VIDEO: Ladies fight cancer in Chesterfield Race for Life extravaganza

Thousands of women joined together in Chesterfield today in the ongoing fight against cancer.

About 2,000 ladies – many wearing t-shirts bearing the names of loved ones who have died of the devastating illness – turned the town’s streets into a sea of pink for this year’s Race for Life.

Chesterfield Race for Life raised thousands of pounds.

Chesterfield Race for Life raised thousands of pounds.

Organisers hope the fundraising extravaganza netted £125,000 to boost Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work.

The inspirational ladies set off from Chesterfield town hall at 10.30am and were cheered on by scores of spectators right up to the finishing line at Queen’s Park.

Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Herring was the first to complete the race in just over 20 minutes.

The speedy teen, a student at Springwell Community School, was running for her former headteacher, Steve Goddard, who is battling cancer.

She said: “I really enjoyed the race and I’m so proud with my time.

“It’s all for such a good cause.”

Rebecca’s mum, Sharon, of Station Road, Hollingwood, added: “I’m over the moon with her and indeed all the other ladies who’ve taken part in such a good thing.”

Sarah Threadgall, Race for Life event manager, said: “These ladies have sent out a very clear message today – cancer, we’re coming to get you.

“It’s been an incredible day and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s taken part and all those who’ve supported them.”

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