THREE thousand women have taken part in Wirral's Race For Life in Birkenhead Park today, raising more than £160,000 for Cancer Research UK.

After a cloudy start, the sun came out in time to shine on those who had turned out to help the charity raise much-needed cash.

Praising everyone who took part Jennifer Ward, northwest event manager for Cancer Research UK, told the Globe: "It's been a fantastic day, with 3,000 signed up and we're hoping to raise £165,000.

"We had families running and there were men supporting the women. It's great and the weather was absolutely fantastic.

"So thanks to everyone who signed up want to help the vital work carried out by Cancer Research UK."

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ABOVE: Spectators watch the runners set off today

Among those taking part was Debbie Layfield, who works for Tesco in Bidston Moss and is the store's community champion. Five years ago, she was told she had beaten cancer and has fundraised for Cancer Research UK ever since.

She had organised a big group, featuring colleagues, to take part part in the run.

Before setting off, Debbie said: "I had the opportunity to sign all these wonderful Tesco staff for Race For Life and it was too good an opportunity to miss. We're here to raise thousands of pounds for this magnificent charity. 

"I have been clear for five years and it's down to the work funded by this fantastic charity. I want to say thank you to them." 

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ABOVE: Debbie Layfield's team from Bidston Tesco

Among the fundraisers was Bernie Bucket, from New Brighton, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. She fought it and had a double mastectomy.

The cancer has returned, this time to her lung and lymphodes, and she starts a course of chemotherapy this week.

Bernie has take part in the Race For Life many times over the years. But since 2009 she, along with husband Keith and a dedicated army of volunteers, has raised £140,000 for Cancer Research UK by selling flowers at race events. 

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ABOVE: Bernie Bucket

Bernie told the Globe: "I used to run in three Race For Life events a year but because of treatment over the years, I haven't done as much.

"I was going to run today, but have decided not to because I start chemotherapy this week. So, I decided to sell flowers instead.

"Everybody knows somebody with cancer, whether it be a friend, neighbour, family member or at work and we've just got to find a cure for this this evil disease that destroys so many people's lives."

Also donning their running shoes was a team of staff from Karl Tatler estate agents, in support of a colleague who was diagnosed with cancer.

Pam Humphreys was among the team. She said: "We're raising money in support of our friend and colleague Sam, who was unable to take part as she is not well enough."

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ABOVE: Karl Tatler staff running Race For Life in support of their colleague, Sam.