More than 2,000 people across Watford stood up to cancer and raised over £165,000 at Race for Life.

Supporters gathered at Cassiobury Park on Saturday, June 8, for Cancer Research UK's flagship fundraiser, which was hosted by Heart Radio's John Darin.

It entailed 3k, 5k and 10k runs and a mud-splattered obstacle experience called Pretty Muddy.

Lauren Barker, a cancer survivor, was among those present to support the cause. The mother of three said: "I wouldn’t be standing here today without all the treatment I had for a rare type of cancer of the appendix.

"Race for Life is such a good cause and I’m doing Pretty Muddy for the first time, a year after recovering from major life-saving surgery and chemotherapy."

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Another participant, Millie Farman, ran the 10k in support of her brother’s girlfriend, who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

She said: "My brother’s girlfriend, Somer, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 23 and is currently receiving treatment so I’m running today for her."

Claire O’Driscoll, a two-time bowel cancer survivor, also participated, supported by her daughter, Niamh, and husband Michael.

She said: I live with a stoma that I call ‘Stella’ and it’s my first time running with it. I want to show people that you can do it and can keep achieving your goals."

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Participating for the first time was Alvin Lee, who ran in memory of his mother.

He said: "I lost my mum, Cynthia, to cancer of the womb back in 1999 and had lost my dad just two years before.

"It was discovered during a hysterectomy and she passed away not long after when my youngest sibling was just seven."

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Race for Life is a series of events that raise millions each year to fund crucial cancer research.

Elisa Mitchell, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson in Hertfordshire, added: "We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took part in Race for Life Watford.

"Life-saving research already helps people living with cancer every single day.

"It’s thanks to our supporters who fundraise that we can go further to discover new ways to beat the disease."

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