PICTURES: Pink Ladies’ Tractor Road Run brightens Diss Express area

Annie Chapman. Photo: Jonathan Slack. ANL-160507-162158001

Annie Chapman. Photo: Jonathan Slack. ANL-160507-162158001

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The organiser of a charity tractor road run set to break the £500,000 fundraising milestone says she will keep going in the fight to raise funds to battle cancer.

Annie Chapman said this year’s Pink Ladies’ Tractor Road Run — the thirteenth since its inception in 2004 — was emotional as ever, with 150 ladies on 146 tractors venturing across the Diss Express area on Sunday in a bid to raise cash for the Cancer Research UK Breast Cancer Appeal.

Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run 2016 ANL-160707-120021001

Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run 2016 ANL-160707-120021001

It proved to be a lucky thirteen — with fundraising before the event standing at £466,000 and last year's run generating more than £65,800, it looks as though the monumental milestone will be met. And, in stark contrast to last year, the sun was shining as the ladies departed Thorpe Abbotts airfield in the morning.

“It was amazing,” she told the Diss Express.

"I am just amazed — I can't believe that an event that was going to be a one-off fun day has turned into this extraordinary thing.

"I am lost for words.

Off road at the Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run. Photo: Jonathan Slack ANL-160507-162404001

Off road at the Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run. Photo: Jonathan Slack ANL-160507-162404001

"I am not a particularly superstitious person but that thought (unlucky thirteen) is always in the back of your head. It was a lucky thirteen.

"There was such an extraordinary camaraderie. And because the sun shone, it made such a difference. Everyone was excited and enthusiastic.

"I feel very humbled by it all because they are such amazing ladies."

Some had travelled from as far as Dorset, Lincolnshire and Hertfordshire to take part.

Off road at the Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run. Photo: Jonathan Slack ANL-160507-162417001

Off road at the Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run. Photo: Jonathan Slack ANL-160507-162417001

Mrs Chapman had particular praise for the people of Harleston, a regular feature in the event's route. As well as bumper crowds packing the Thoroughfare to cheer on the ladies, shop windows were decorated and bunting was adorned across the town to welcome them.

“I have never seen so many people in the town, it was incredible," Mrs Chapman continued.

“I had nearly 150 ladies behind me and they clap and cheer every one of them through, and it takes more than half an hour for them to all go through.

“Harleston certainly did not disappoint."

Off road at the Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run. Photo: Jonathan Slack ANL-160507-162352001

Off road at the Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run. Photo: Jonathan Slack ANL-160507-162352001

And despite only being days removed from this year's run, Mrs Chapman said she will keep organising the event, as long as she was fit and able to do so.

"How can you stop something like this?" she added.

For more information on the tractor run, visit www.ladiestractorroadrun.co.uk

Brockdish water splash. Photo: Jonathan Slack. ANL-160507-162313001

Brockdish water splash. Photo: Jonathan Slack. ANL-160507-162313001

Brockdish water splash. Photo: Jonathan Slack. ANL-160507-162326001

Brockdish water splash. Photo: Jonathan Slack. ANL-160507-162326001

Brockdish water splash. Photo: Jonathan Slack. ANL-160507-162338001

Brockdish water splash. Photo: Jonathan Slack. ANL-160507-162338001

Annual Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run 2016. Photo: William Baker ANL-160507-162300001

Annual Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run 2016. Photo: William Baker ANL-160507-162300001

Annual Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run 2016. Photo: William Baker ANL-160507-162248001

Annual Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run 2016. Photo: William Baker ANL-160507-162248001

Annual Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run 2016. Photo: William Baker ANL-160507-162235001

Annual Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run 2016. Photo: William Baker ANL-160507-162235001