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Pink Ladies’ Tractor Road Run returns to chase down £1m target

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Tractors of all shapes and sizes are revving up for a highly popular run, as organisers edge close to raising £1 million.

Tomorrow, a convoy of more than 100 decorated tractors will take part in the Pink Ladies’ Tractor Road Run, winding their way through south Norfolk and north Suffolk.

Since its inception in 2004, the event has raised more than £812,000 in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run organiser Annie Chapman. Picture: Jonathan Slack.
Pink Ladies' Tractor Road Run organiser Annie Chapman. Picture: Jonathan Slack.

Organiser Annie Chapman, said: “There is a great deal of excitement and anticipation from all the ladies taking part this year, especially the newcomers.

“Everybody knows somebody affected by this cancer; it is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. It is very scary and, sadly, we have lost a lot of ladies over the years to breast cancer and that is why we keep going.”

One of the new participants this year is Heather Babb, who has already started fundraising by hosting a cake stall on Diss market and a car boot sale.

She knows the importance of cancer research fundraisers as she found a lump in her breast and went to her doctor.

She said: “Three days before Christmas Day, he had the unenviable task of advising me that I had an aggressive form of breast cancer – no tears, no panic, just a focus on treatment.

“I opted to have my breast removed as I did not want to keep going back for more lumpectomies and radiotherapy unless I really had to. Apparently, my choice was right as there were other cells that were developing into cancer.”

She added she could not think of a better way to raise funds for the cause than to drive a tractor decorated in pink through the beautiful countryside.

“I have followed the Pink Ladies Tractor Run for a number of years and have the greatest respect for Annie Chapman for organising this; the ladies taking part; the local farmers and others who kindly let us crazy women loose on their tractors,” she said.

The tractor road run starts at Thorpe Abbotts airfield, before heading through Thorpe Abbotts, Brockdish and Upper Weybread, arriving in Harleston at about 12.30pm, with a lunch stop at Gawdy Hall Meadow in Redenhall, between 1pm and 3pm. The route back to Thorpe Abbotts airfield heads through Pulham St Mary, Rushall and Langmere Green.

For more details, go to www.ladiestractorroadrun.co.uk.

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