Posted by: John Colby | Sunday June 13 2010

Very Pink in Loughborough

There was a Race for Life with about two and a half thousand participants, supporting Cancer Research UK, at Loughborough University today. I was there supporting and photographing the Dixie Chicks, Administration and Academic staff of the Dixie Grammar School, Market Bosworth.

The Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks - members of administrative and academic staff of The Dixie Grammar School, Market Bosworth


Chicks, in the vernacular a collective term that may have been somewhat loosely applied, as the collective age of the dozen runners is some centuries, all sporting pink and wearing donkey rabbit ears. Of course the object of all this is to make money for Cancer Research UK.
Dixie Chicks Sporting Bunny Ears

The ears are good at capturing backlight.


They had a target of £500 to raise. They have missed this target – but in the right direction as they have exceeded that and their new target is £1000.  (Donations to http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/dixiechicks) as there’s always room for more money, just so that we can set them a higher target for next year.)

The Sea of Pink, every one representing effort changing into money for Cancer Research UK.

It was a warm morning – the forecast light rain holding off. Having been marshalled for photographs (got roped in as substitute David Bailey) several times and warmed up in the sea of pink our lot walked or jogged – the chicks leaving the serious running to those who could.

Towards the walking start

They chose the walking, not running, start. Sensible.

Having the distinctive donk rabbit ears made all the difference as they could be spotted in the melee. I stationed myself to take pics of hot (as in perspiring) chicks at the half kilometre from home point.

Half a Kilometre from home

Half a Kilometre from home


Once they were all past then it was head back to the finish to witness the celebrations.

Apparently they’ve all signed up for next year at the same time. We haven’t yet told them it’s a half marathon.

Finished, with a healthy dose of sparkling fermented grape juice out of Cafe Direct mugs

Finished, with a healthy dose of sparkling fermented grape juice out of Cafe Direct mugs

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