Organiser hoping for a lucky 13 as annual tractor run closes in on £500,000 milestone

The Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run returns in July
The Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run returns in July

The organiser of an annual tractor run hopes it will be a lucky 13 as she closes in on £500,000 raised for charity.

The Pink Ladies’ Tractor Road Run sees the region brightened up with the sight of decorated vehicles trekking 20 miles across north Suffolk and south Norfolk, raising funds for the Cancer Research UK Breast Cancer Appeal.

It is a very emotional day

Annie Chapman

Organised by Pulham St Mary resident Annie Chapman, this year’s event, the thirteenth to be held, takes place on July 3 at 11.30am from Thorpe Abbotts Airfield. Participants are invited to bring a picnic lunch to Gawdy Hall Meadow, Redenhall.

Last year more than 150 women braved the rain, taking the total fundraising of the event, which first began in 2004, to £466,000.

The idea of her husband John in 2003, the first event was intended to be a one-off. But it has grown spectacularly — from 50 participants and raising £16,500 12 years ago, the 2015 event generated more than £65,800 for charity.

Mrs Chapman, who was awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to charity in 2014, told the Diss Express: “We are hoping for a bit of sunshine this year, which I think we deserve!

“As far as I am concerned, the day is very humbling. Some of the ladies who take part come back year after year and raise lots of money.

“It is a very emotional day.

“So many people know someone who have breast cancer or who have died from it, and I really think that is one of the reasons for the tractor run’s success.”

Entries for this year’s run close on May 14.

For more information and to download an entry form, visit www.ladiestractorroadrun.co.uk
Alternatively, send a stamped addressed envelope to Annie Chapman, Boundary Farm, Garlic Street,Pulham St Mary, Diss, Norfolk IP21 4RL .