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‘Emotional journey’ – 1,000 people get muddy in Race for Life event

More than 1,000 people got muddy in Birmingham’s first Race for Life event in two years due to the pandemic.

Participants were filmed in the video above tackling the “Pretty Muddy” obstacle course full of mud pools, tunnels and slides, spread over 5km, at Cofton Park, near Longbridge, in order to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

A sea of pink could be seen throughout the course, while some wore fancy dress costumes today, Saturday, September 4.

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Over 400 events were were cancelled due to Covid last year, which meant the charity lost millions of pounds in fundraising opportunities.

But now more than 25 socially distanced events will take place across the West Midlands between this weekend and the end of October to raise funding for world class research into cancer.

A group donned flamingo outfits to take part in the 5km race at Cofton Park

Maxine Bolton, 38, from Brownhills, was part of a group from Better Gym Walsall Wood who donned flamingo outfits at the Birmingham event this weekend.

“We’ve all been affected by cancer at some point. It’s been an emotional journey. We’ve raised about £1,000 just from our club. We also have charity events going on at the club as well,” Maxine told BirminghamLive.

“Our gym was closed during the pandemic and we have a lot of elderly members. One of our instructors who’s nickname was ‘G’, but his name was Graham and we lost him during Covid to cancer.

“We wanted to come out, raise some money and have some fun. We lost quite a few members.

“We are here remembering them and enjoying life now we are back free.”

Sisters Claire 25, and Sarah Birkin, 22, were competing on behalf of their grandfather Bob who died from cancer aged 72 and also their mum Gill who battled breast cancer in recent years.

'Emotional journey' - 1,000 people get muddy in Race for Life event
Sisters Claire 25, and Sarah Birkin, 22, took part in memory of their granddad and in support of their mum

“It’s a fantastic event and we’re pleased to have done it,” Sarah, from Shenstone, Staffs, told BirminghamLive.

“There’s a lot of family connections to cancer, so we wanted to do it for our grandfather and mum.”

Paula Young, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for the West Midlands, said: “It was sad to see all 400 mass participation Race for Life events across the UK cancelled in 2020 but, this last year proves, more than any other, the value of investing in science and medical research and what can be achieved by working together.

“Race for Life offers the perfect opportunity for people to run, walk or jog and raise money for life-saving research.”

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Cancer Research UK’s work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has been at the heart of the progress that has seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years.

Money raised will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, saving lives as the charity fights back from the impact of the pandemic.

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