If one story summed up why 1,600 women took part in today’s Race For Life, it was the one an emotional Vicky Moore shared from the stage.
She was running at Bury St Edmunds’ Nowton Park with a team from Abbots Green Primary School and bravely took the microphone on stage before the race to explain why she is backing Cancer Research UK.
Her mum Lynn has anal cancer and is taking part in a Cancer Research trial to reduce the impact of chemotherapy.
Vicky told the audience: “I’m getting married on Wednesday and my mum gets to keep her hair for my wedding.”
Afterwards, still shaking, she said: “She’s had excellent care. Because she’s on the trial she has a dedicated nurse and the chemo hasn’t been as bad as we thought it would be.”
Other team members, Lynn Anders, Jasmine Rutterford and Debby Collins, spoke of the number of school colleagues touched by cancer.
The race had been postponed from five weeks ago when torrential rain waterlogged the park only hours before the start.
Cancer Research area events manager Leander Platten said: “It was a horrible decision to have to take – I’ve never had to cancel an event before.”
While some registered runners either pulled out or did other events, the extra five weeks meant numbers were made up.
Runners included Faye’s Fairies, with pink butterfly wings, led by Lynn Rogers in memory of her daughter Faye, from Stowmarket, who died in January, aged 42, from breast cancer complications.
“Her children did it last week in Colchester, because they’re on holiday this week, but this is our turn,” Lynn said.
The other fairies were Faye’s ex-boss Deborah Lewis, family friend Sarah Williams and old schoolfriend Zoe Good.
Deborah said: “I knew her for over 20 years. Faye came to work for the company I worked for. We had an amazing friendship.”
There were people of all ages taking part. Sally Prior, 42, from Diss, was running with daughter Florence Sneddon, aged six, in memory of Sally’s parents Sue and Roger Prior who both died of cancer.
Sally said Florence was up for the 5km run. She added: “She did it last year – we’d run for a bit, skip for a bit and walk.”
See Friday’s Bury Free Press for pages of Race for Life pictures.