FAMILIES and friends flocked to have fun and get messy at Worcester’s Pitchcroft racecourse to raise funds for charity.

Partakers enjoyed the annual Worcester Pretty Muddy run, which was organised by the charity Cancer Research UK as part of its Race for Life fundraising campaign.

On Saturday (July 13) people of all abilities climbed, jogged and walked 5K - all to raise money for a good cause.

The route ran around the racecourse, where participants had to complete an array of mud-filled obstacles.

Many of the people were taking part to remember loved ones who have fought cancer.

Among those taking part was Michelle Walton, from Worcester. She completed the race with her sister Juliette, who had bilateral cancer, and her daughter Shelly.

Ms Walton said: “We have called ourselves the Pretty Mötley Crüe because we are fans. We are wearing our Mötley tops and pink tutus.

“Supporting this charity is very close to our hearts. My sister had bilateral breast cancer and she has had two operations and treatment to remove the cancers.

“It’s a great opportunity to give something back and to raise money for a good cause. We are thankful for our wonderful NHS and all of the dedicated people working within it, we are so happy to celebrate with Juliet that she has survived, and we are all still together.”


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Amanda Quill said she was taking part to raise awareness and money for Cancer Research UK.

Miss Quill said: “Events like these are fun and it introduces people to fitness and the benefits to running.”

Georgie Munn who ran with Tesco, said: “I am here to show my support and raise money for a good cause. I’m excited to take part. There is such a good atmosphere here today. It’s my second time I have taken part.”

Claire Elliot said: “I’ve taken part in the Race for Life for the past 15 years. My dad died of cancer, so I do this in his memory. It’s a tradition now to do the event.”

Sindy Knight, who is a member of Lifestyle Fitness in Malvern, said “There’s a group of us taking part in the Pretty Muddy. We have all raised a bit of money for charity to help a good cause.”