Six Million Ladies in Pink

Cancer Research UK organises these fundraising races around the country. They’re women-only events and 90% of the ladies wear pink. They hold 240 of them nationwide every year, so you can understand my expectation for the numbers to spread a little thin … but oh how wrong I was.

At the Battersea Park event (a few weeks back) and the most recent Blackheath event, I was absolutely blown away by the swarms of pink-clad fundraising ladies (from young girls to grandmums … and even some dogs dressed in pink – I assume they were female dogs). Literally thousands and thousands of them, all having a great time, all getting fit and all doing it for a great cause: the race against cancer. Over the years they’ve raised half a billion pounds (and probably lost a few million pounds, of the other variety, combined in the process)!

Of course there are no times recorded or place-getter awards handed out; everyone finisher gets a medal. This race series is all about participation and building awareness for a cause. It made me wonder if there will ever be a men-only event like this that will catch on. A 5k run through mud and axle grease where competitors must wear all black and are chased by dobermans to fundraise for prostate cancer, maybe? Yeah, maybe not.


For more info on Race For Life click here.