The 10th Anniversary Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run, which took place on the country lanes around Harleston on July 7, this year raised a mammoth £60,500 for Cancer Research UK.
The amount, presented to Cancer Research UK last Friday, takes the total raised over the past ten years to a staggering £335,500.
Started by Annie Chapman and her husband, John, of Boundary Farm, Pulham St Mary, and supported by the David Brown Tractor Club, the event started out with 50 tractors in 2004 and this year saw over 160 tractors, many of them vintage models, driven by pink-clad ladies and decorated in pink balloons and streamers, completing the 20-mile route to raise funds for the charity.
Mrs Chapman said: “A third of a million pounds is such a lot of money to have raised. I can’t quite get my head around the figure yet. Considering it started out as just being a one-off and a fun day, I think it is wonderful.”
She said: “I just admire everyone who takes part, as it’s not a simple thing to do. It takes a lot of teamwork and commitment and it is a serious challenge as driving a tractor, especially a vintage one, is quite different from a car.”
Mrs Chapman said the money raised goes specifically to breast cancer research. “Quite a few of the ladies have done every run since we started, and there are so many touching stories attached to why they take part as everyone knows someone who has had cancer or they have faced it themselves. It makes it a very emotional journey.”
Planning for next year’s 11th Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run is already under way and is scheduled to take place on July 1, 2014.