Life-affirming turn-out for Hopetoun race.

Race For Life at Hopetoun House.

Race For Life at Hopetoun House.

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Hopetoun House turned pink on Sunday when the Cancer Research Race for Life event was staged.

More than 1250 women - plus a few dogs - took part in both the 5k and 10K events in the grounds of the stately home.

Edinburgh newly-wed Heather Williams (28) was chosen as VIP for the Hopetoun event and made a heartfelt speech to her husband, Gordon Duff, whom she said gave her the fight she needed to battle the disease.

A development worker with Edinburgh Leisure, Heather was given the honour of sounding the air horn to start the 
races.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, raises millions of pounds every year to help beat 200 different types of cancer. Last year, almost 46,000 
women took part in Race for Life in Scotland and raised £2.9 million.

Race for Life event manager for Hopetoun House, Cara 
Inglis, said: “The support people across Edinburgh, South and North Queensferry have shown is tremendous and we are thrilled so many women took part in Race for Life.

“We want to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part or supported our participants, as well as the wonderful volunteers who helped to make it happen.

‘‘Our aim is that one day everyone will beat cancer. The more research we can fund, the sooner that day will come.

‘‘Now the big day is over, we are asking our supporters to take one last step by returning the money they have raised so that we can go on 
funding much-needed 
research.”