All smiles in Barnstaple as cancer fundraiser starts with showers but ends in sunshine.

Thousands of women gave a cancer – and thunder, lightning and torrential rain – a run for its money in Barnstaple yesterday morning (Sunday).

Participants were forced to run for cover as the weather closed in before the start of this year’s Race for Life at the Tarka Tennis Centre.

But the real running began soon after – the gloomy skies no match for the sea of pink-clad fun runners ready to do their bit for Cancer Research UK.

Organisers said the fun run was the ‘wettest’ in the event’s history, but had raised around £85,000 for the charity.

Event manager Ruth Chamings said: “I want to say a heartfelt ‘thanks’ to everyone who braved the weather and took part in Race for Life, and their supporters, as well as our heroic volunteers.

“Sunday was a fantastic day, full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter as over 1500 women joined forces to show cancer who’s boss.”

Ruth also urged participants to submit their fundraising as soon as possible.

She said: “Many people don’t realise that their entry fee only covers the cost of the event.

“It’s the sponsorship money that really makes a difference. So, whatever the amount, we’re asking everyone to make every effort to return their sponsorship money as soon as possible.”

For information on returning sponsorship money, or to make a donation, visit www.raceforlife.org.