On Sunday, most people enjoy a nice lie in, a cup of coffee and a day of relaxation before the week restarts. For nearly 2000 people however, the yearly Race for Life came around, and they chose to head out and get muddy for a good cause.
Nearly 1000 people arrived at Camperdown Park in the morning, running the 5k and 10k for Cancer Research UK. In the afternoon over 950 people took part in the Pretty Muddy Dundee run, 5 kilometres of obstacle course, space hoppers, nets, slides and lots of mud.
As well as all the runners there were plenty of volunteers. Air Cadets from Dundee’s squadrons 1232 and 2450 spent the day cheering on the participants, and giving out medals at the finish line.
The race was started by Ellie Sutherland (a 16 year old from Abernethy who has faced her own cancer battle) by ringing the bell. The first woman to cross the line, completing the 5k in 22 minutes, was Police Sergeant Nicola Robb. This was the 21st year that she participated in, since signing up during University. Well done Nicola!
Cancer Research UK’s spokeswoman in Scotland, Lisa Adams, said:
Our Race for Life events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting… They help people with cancer by raising money for research, including clinical trials which give patients across Scotland access to the latest treatments… You don’t have to be sporty to take part. You don’t need to train or compete against anyone else… All you need to do is go to the Race for Life website, pick an event, sign up and then have fun raising money in whatever way you like.
In Dundee alone Cancer Research UK spent over £2 million last year, on leading scientific and clinical research. Part of this amount was through donations and fundraising like Race for Life and Pretty Muddy.
Currently Dundee is researching groundbreaking cancer research, particularly focusing on bowel, breast and skin cancers.