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Pink Ladies Tractor Run returns this weekend – raising more than £750,000

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The iconic Pink Ladies’ Tractor Road Run will return in style this weekend as it continues towards its ultimate goal of raising £1 million.

With last year’s main event cancelled due to the pandemic, this year’s run takes place on Sunday, with a convoy of around 112 tractors.

Since it began in 2004, the event has raised more than £734,000 in aid of Cancer Research UK’s breast cancer appeal.

As per tradition, participants will be kitted out in pink from head to toe.
As per tradition, participants will be kitted out in pink from head to toe.

And with this year’s showpiece already raising more than £20,000, the group is well on its way to achieving another big fundraising total.

Organised by Annie Chapman BEM, the annual run winds its way through south Norfolk and north Suffolk on a route which starts and ends at Thorpe Abbotts airfield.

Ms Chapman said: “It’s wonderful that this year’s event is going ahead. I’m just so pleased for the ladies who were so disappointed last year.

“Cancer Research UK has suffered so badly with events being cancelled and the efforts these ladies make for the charity are brilliant.

“I’ve got some very excited ladies, I can tell you that – it makes all the hard work worthwhile.

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

“The event is the most humbling experience, it really has been the best thing I’ve done in my life.”

Jane Broomhall, who lives near Long Stratton, has taken part in 14 of the runs.

She said: “When the first Pink Ladies’ Tractor Run was held in 2004, it was a unique opportunity to raise money for breast cancer research and, we thought, a one-off event; we all knew of someone who was receiving treatment.

“Over the years, the run has become an annual tribute by participants to both those we love who have survived but also to those ladies we have loved and lost – for me, my closest friend in 2015 and, just two weeks ago, another close friend. We can never do enough.”

Debbie Adams, a relationship manager at Cancer Research UK, is also taking part for the first time. She said: “Breast cancer research is a cause close to my heart. My mum survived a breast cancer diagnosis six years ago due to early diagnosis and to research.

“So I’m excited to be taking part and joining the Pink Ladies in helping them hit the £750,000 milestone.”

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