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Race for Life in Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, sees £40k raised as hundreds of campaigners flock



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Hundreds of runners came together in a Bury St Edmunds park today to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK's Race for Life.

Around £40,000 has been raised so far by campaigners, who met in Nowton Park with 10k, 5k and 3k races taking place throughout the day.

Many visitors raced as a tribute to friends or relatives who are undergoing treatment or in memory of loved ones who have died of cancer.

Natalie Willet, centre-left, with her husband and friends. Picture: Mark Westley
Natalie Willet, centre-left, with her husband and friends. Picture: Mark Westley

Natalie Willett of Thetford is one such runner, choosing to race in memory of her brother Thomas who died in December last year after his lung cancer spread throughout his body.

Joined by her husband and several friends, who together raised around £500 for Cancer Research, Natalie explained that Thomas lived in Germany and lockdown restrictions at the time meant she could not properly say 'goodbye'.

She said: "Because of the lockdown I couldn't see him before he died. It was really hard. I am racing in his memory to raise money and to support the science."

Sisters Beverley (right) and Susie Hurrell (left) with Susie's daughter Maisy. Picture: Mark Westley
Sisters Beverley (right) and Susie Hurrell (left) with Susie's daughter Maisy. Picture: Mark Westley
Beverley's father pictured on her tribute worn on her back
Beverley's father pictured on her tribute worn on her back

Sisters Beverley and Susie Hurrell, who both live in the Bury St Edmunds area, ran the 10k in memory of their dad who died of bowel cancer just over 18 months ago.

Joined by Susie's daughter Maisy, the trio raised over £200 for Cancer Research, a number Beverley said she was very pleased to have reached.

She said of her reasons for joining the race: "Dad was diagnosed stage 4 and went into palliative treatment which was pretty harsh on him.

"Race for Life is amazingly important. Charities like Cancer Research don't get anywhere near the funding they need but they make such an amazing impact."

Raising an impressive £2,863 for Cancer Research, the Evans family from Cockfield raced in memory of a family member.

Charlotte Evans, 50, explained the group, who named themselves 'Team Go Mo', were running as a tribute to her mum who died last month following a battle with Metastatic Liver Cancer.

She said the team wanted to raise money and awareness for possible treatments and cures.

Charlotte Evans, second from left, with her family 'Team Go Mo'. Picture: Mark Westley
Charlotte Evans, second from left, with her family 'Team Go Mo'. Picture: Mark Westley
Hundreds flocked to the 10k, 5k and 3k races in Nowton Park today
Hundreds flocked to the 10k, 5k and 3k races in Nowton Park today
10k racers preparing for the start of the race. Picture by Mark Westley
10k racers preparing for the start of the race. Picture by Mark Westley

Other runners included Chloe Ison and Beth Parrish, who are from Mildenhall and Brandon and between them raised £300.

Chloe said: "It brings everyone together for such a good cause. It's a really good feeling to raise the money. I think we need to start doing something about it and really crack it."

Chloe Ison and Beth Parrish. Picture: Mark Westley
Chloe Ison and Beth Parrish. Picture: Mark Westley
One of the race winners
One of the race winners

A total of £40,000 was raised today by runners in all three race categories.

The money will go to Cancer Research UK, the world's largest independent cancer research organization, to fund research into treatments and medicine.