Hook Norton turned pink for biggest ever Alternative Race for Life

Ruairi Hackland sported a pink headband while his mother Cat and friends wore Super Ru capes to show their support. Photo: Bethan Dennick NNL-180910-113343001
Ruairi Hackland sported a pink headband while his mother Cat and friends wore Super Ru capes to show their support. Photo: Bethan Dennick NNL-180910-113343001

A record number of runners, including people, dogs and tortoises, helped raise more than £1,200 at the Hooky Alternative Race for Life on Sunday.

The ninth annual race saw more than 200 runners complete the three-mile course in aid of Cancer Research UK around Hook Norton before a party at The Sun Inn, where the race started and finished.

A hug to celebrate finishing the race. Photo: Young and old took part to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Photo: Bethan Dennick NNL-180910-113310001

A hug to celebrate finishing the race. Photo: Young and old took part to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Photo: Bethan Dennick NNL-180910-113310001

Organiser Gill Begnor said it was a ‘brilliant day’, especially because two-year-old villager Ruairi Hackland joined in with his family and supporters all wearing Super Ru capes.

Ruairi has a very rare form of cancer and the whole village is helping the family to raise money for research. For more information about the race or Ruairi’s appeal, visit the race Facebook page @hookyraceforlife.

The tortoises were raring to go at the starting line... Photo: Bethan Dennick NNL-180910-113247001

The tortoises were raring to go at the starting line... Photo: Bethan Dennick NNL-180910-113247001

Families took the chance to take part in the fun event. Photo: Bethan Dennick NNL-180910-113354001

Families took the chance to take part in the fun event. Photo: Bethan Dennick NNL-180910-113354001

Pink wigs were particularly popular for runners. Photo: Bethan Dennick NNL-180910-113258001

Pink wigs were particularly popular for runners. Photo: Bethan Dennick NNL-180910-113258001

Hook Norton firefighters kept everyone safe during the event. Photo courtesy of Gill Begnor NNL-180910-113236001

Hook Norton firefighters kept everyone safe during the event. Photo courtesy of Gill Begnor NNL-180910-113236001

Hook Norton was awash with pink for the Alternative Race for Life. Photo: Bethan Dennick NNL-180910-113332001

Hook Norton was awash with pink for the Alternative Race for Life. Photo: Bethan Dennick NNL-180910-113332001

Everyone did their best to wear pink to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Photo: Bethan Dennick NNL-180910-113321001

Everyone did their best to wear pink to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Photo: Bethan Dennick NNL-180910-113321001