Babies and emus to take part in race

Janet Bannister and Gill Shelton
Janet Bannister and Gill Shelton

With just two days to go, women across Calderdale are eagerly anticipating this year’s Halifax Race for Life event.

The annual fundraiser – which raises money for Cancer Research – will see females of all ages and abilities take up Sunday’s Savile Park challenge.



The 5km route will see ladies run, walk, and even dress up as emus as part of the race.

And colleagues Janet Bannister and Gill Shelton are doing just that.

The pair – who have taken part in numerous Race for Life events over the years – enjoy wearing the elaborate costumes for the fun factor.

62-year-old Janet, of Brighouse, said: “I made the costumes – we only wear them for Race for Life, we don’t wear them to anything else.

“It’s so hot – we know it’s going to be worse in sunshine doing it with the costumes on, we’re going to be going very slowly.”

Gill, 47, of Greetland, said it was a significant cause.

She said: “We’ve both struggled. My mum’s going through cancer treatment. It’s very emotional to both of us.

“There’s not many people you know who are not affected by it.”

The pair are hoping to raise around £200 each for the charity.

Meanwhile 28 workers from Tesco Queensbury will be taking part - plus two babies in their prams.

Organised by store worker Ann-Marie Allen, the colleagues hope to raise in the region of £1,000 for the cause.

“Most of us tend to walk it, we have a catch up on life, then we all go for lunch,” said Ann-Marie.

“It’s fantastic, it’s really well organised.”

Elsewhere the Running Man pub in Pellon will be showing it’s support for Cancer Research. A bouncy castle and ‘bric-a-brac’ stalls will be raising money for the cause following many customers getting involved in the race.