An annual tractor run which has raised more than £400,000 for Cancer Research UK’s Breast Cancer Appeal returns this Sunday — with more than 150 ladies set to take part.
The 12th annual Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run, taking place at 11.30am from Thorpe Abbotts Airfield, is organised by Pulham St Mary resident Annie Chapman.
Last year she was recognised for her fundraising feats, being awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
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 in 2004, to last year generating more than £61,000
Mrs Chapman, told the Diss Express: “When I send out the forms and posters you never know how many you are going to get back, there is always a big question mark.
“When they start trickling in, it is quite reassuring.
“It is just amazing how many there are that want to come.”
The run features a slightly different route this year, following the temporary closure of Shotford Bridge in Harleston, while cancer survivors are invited to wear a yellow sash.
“I think people are unaware how emotional it is,” she added. “It is not just the ladies on their tractors that can’t make it through without breaking into tears, it is the crowd as well. They clap and cheer everybody.
“It is just a stunning sight and such a worthwhile charity, for Cancer Research UK Breast Cancer Appeal.
“Of course, there are a lot of ladies on the run who have had breast cancer and sadly, we have lost a lot of our ‘Pink Ladies’ over this year.
“There is always that incentive to drive it forward again and raise the money.”
For more information on the Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run, visit www.ladiestractorroadrun.co.uk
If you are unable to participate but would like to send a donation, send a cheque payable to Cancer Research UK to Annie Chapman at Boundary Farm, Garlic Street, Pulham St Mary, Diss, Norfolk IP21 4RL
Tractor Run Itinerary
11.30am: Depart thorpe abbotts airfield, via the main gate
11.50am: Thorpe Abbotts village
12.10pm: Down to Langmere Road
12.30pm: Right into Wilderness Lane, past the High School, then left into London Road, Harleston, through the Thoroughfare and Redenhall Road to
12.50pm: Lush Bush, left, left and then right to Gawdy Hall.
1pm: Picnic lunch at Gawdy Hall Meadow. All welcome. (Note - only tractors and designated marshals allowed to use front drive. All cars to use A143 roundabout and Church Lane).
3pm: depart gawdy hall meadow. turn left out of the gate to Oaklands Farm, left (off road - tractors only) to Green Lane. Catch up point.
3.15pm: Wood Lane to Hardwick Road across to Mull’s Loke
4pm: Pulham St Mary Village centre, station road to
4.10pm: Rushall, left past the church to
4.20pm Langmere green
4.30pm: Thorpe Abbotts airfield, concluding the run. Group photograph to be taken.