UPDATED: Over 2,000 take part in this morning’s Halifax Race for Life - read inspirational stories of some of those who were there

Halifax's Race for Life for Cancer Research UK starts at Savile Park.
Halifax's Race for Life for Cancer Research UK starts at Savile Park.

A sea of pink descended on Savile Park in Halifax today for this year’s Race for Life.

There were 2,194 runners, joggers, walkers and toddlers raising money for Cancer Research UK at the 5k event at Savile Park.

Many had the names of people who had lost their lives to cancer pinned to their backs , others were running in support of friends and relatives fighting the disease and there were some who had themselves battled cancer.

Among them was Christine Taylor, 48, from Luddenden Foot, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2009. Now in remission, she was running with her 17-year-old daughter Samantha. “We wanted to do something to make a difference,” she said.

A team of 13 women took part under the name Gordon’s Girls, in memory of Gordon McLachlan from Halifax, who died in January after battling oesophagus cancer.

Over 700 people turned out for the funeral of the well-loved 51-year-old and the Race for Life was one of a series of fund raising events his loved ones have been doing for Cancer Research UK.

His neice, Tammy Bull, said: “Everybody knew him, he was such a character.”

Maggie Ashmore was taking on the course with her pet poodle, Tria. The 57-year-old, from Illingworth in Halifax, has been battling thyroid cancer since 1985. Her nephew was also diagnosed with testicular cancer and her nephew with leukaemia. All three are now in remission. “It’s a brilliant event,” she said.

Christine Butterfield, from Queensbury, has lost two brothers to cancer, one aged 10 and another aged 16. She was running with friend Erna Jowett, also from Queensbury, who has been raising money for Cancer Research UK for 20 years.

June Nicholl, 54, from Northowram, was running in memory of her husband, Derek, who lost his fight with lung cancer last year aged 56. “It was my first Race for Life and it was a really good day and very emotional. I think Derek would have been really proud of me.”

Family and friends of Lisa Saville, who died last year aged 19 after falling from a moving taxi, teamed up for the run in her memory and raised almost £800.

Afterwards, they took their medals to her grave where they lit candles and set off lanterns.

A team of five Weight Watchers members from the Calder Valley, who have between them lost 15 stones, took part and raised several hundred pounds.

Meanwhile a team of shop staff running under the group name Sharmas Girls collected almost £1,000 by taking part in the run.

And a team from Charnock Bates chartered surveyors in Halifax who took part raised £2,000.

*See Friday’s Courier for plenty of photos from today’s event.