Vanessa, Michaela and Amanda setting off from Parker's Piece. Click on the image to view it full screen.
Each year, thousands of women take part in the Race for Life to raise funds for cancer research and this year Amanda Taylor, Michaela McNeill and Vanessa Blake from this department did the 5k circuit in Cambridge, Chloe Aust took part in Luton and MPhil ACE students Sara Saheb Kashaf and Yingda Liu ran the 10k race in Cambridge.
The Cambridge event took place on Sunday, 19 July 2015 and a cloudy and threatening start to the race gave way to pleasant sunshine.
Around 6000 women and girls took part. There was a 10k course and a 5k course around the scenic city centre and everyone could choose whether to run, jog or walk.This is the fifth year that Michaela has completed the Race for Life. She is our receptionist at the New Museums Site building. It is the second year that Amanda and Vanessa have taken part. Amanda and Chloe take care of Graduate Admissions and Vanessa is a Computer Officer.
I race for life for....
All of the ladies wear back signs, so that everyone can see why they're taking part. The names of friends and relatives affected by cancer are written on these back signs. Some write one or two names, others have long lists. Some of the loved ones have survived cancer, others have not.
Vanessa has a personal reason for wanting to support cancer research. Two years ago, she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
She said, "I am grateful to everyone who sponsored us, or came to support us on the day and to the staff at Addenbrooke's hospital and cancer researchers who made my treatment possible."
Altogether, the six ladies have raised more than £1200 for Cancer Research,
but it's not too late to sponsor Amanda, Michaela and Vanessa
or to sponsor Chloe
or to sponsor Yingda Liu