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Family pays tribute to great-grandad

A Leeds family paid tribute to a much-loved great grandfather at today's Race for Life.

Shirley Whitehead's father Jack Mawn died earlier this year after suffering from cancer.

The team raised more than £500 for Cancer Research UK.

Shirley Whitehead and her family
Eloise Brooke pays tribute to her great-grandfather Jack Mawn
Jack Mawn with his family

Leeds Race for Life events raise more than £280,000

Women warm up for this morning's Race for Life in Leeds

More than 7,000 women took part in Race for Life events in Leeds this weekend.

Giant pink obstacles took over Temple Newsam gardens yesterday for the "Pretty Muddy" event, while the 5k and 10k races took place today.

It's thought the weekend's activities could have raised up to £280,000 for Cancer Research UK.


Women in pink take over Temple Newsam

One of the giant pink obstacles at the "Pretty Muddy" event in Leeds Credit: Jennifer Anderson

Thousands of women turned out - in pink of course - this weekend, to take part in two Race for Life events.

Those who didn't mind getting a bit muddy took on the aptly-named "Pretty Muddy" event at Temple Newsam yesterday.

Finishing one of the obstacles on the 5k course at temple Newsam
A team gets ready for the Pretty Muddy event

Other runners took part in the more-established 5k and 10k Race for Life in the gardens of the house, in Leeds, today.

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.


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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