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Jessica running in memory of her mum

Devoted mum and daughter Carol and Jessica Hartley

Twenty-one-year-old Jessica Hartley is starting today's Race for Life event at Temple Newsam in Leeds. Jessica, who lost her mum Carol to cancer in October 2012 has vowed to take part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life every year.

She ran her first race in 2012 with her mum cheering her on. Jessica will be one of thousands of women, many with similar stories, taking part in either a 5k or 10k race.

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Christine Talbot ran in friend's memory

Yorkshire's first Race for Life of the season took place in Wakefield this weekend.

The 5k and 10k races were started by Calendar presenter Christine Talbot, who was running for a cause close to her heart.

Christine, who was diagnosed with breast cancer two-and-a-half years ago, was helped through her darkest moments by her friend Diane Dearlove - who sadly died earlier this year.

Christine, with her team "Diane's Mates", have raised nearly £2,000 for Cancer Research UK so far.

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Wakefield park turned pink for Cancer Research UK

Christine Talbot and her team warm up for the Race for Life in Wakefield

Thousands of women turned a Wakefield park pink over the weekend to show their support to family and friends who have been affected by cancer.

The race at Thornes Park raised has raised more than £130,000 so far for Cancer Research UK.

Thousands of women warm up ahead of the Race for Life

After a warm-up, the 5k and 10k races were started by Calendar presenter Christine Talbot.

Brave Ryan's Race for Life role

Last month ITV Calendar kickstarted this year's Race for Life campaign - encouraging people to become one of the thousands of women in our region who walk, jog or run to beat cancer.

But Ryan Tait from Lincoln is not letting being a boy stop him from taking part. He was diagnosed with leukaemia two years ago - and beat it. He'll be handing out medals to women - including his mum Lisa - at his local Race for Life. Helen Steel reports.

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