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The grounds of Houghton Hall were transformed into a sea of pink last night as the estate hosted West Norfolk’s annual Race for Life.

Almost 1,700 women took part in the five kilometre race around the estate in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Race for Life at Houghton Hall gets underway ANL-150722-090307009

Race for Life at Houghton Hall gets underway ANL-150722-090307009

And organisers have thanked everyone who either took part in or supported the event.

They have estimated that around £85,000 will be raised for the charity through sponsorship pledges made to participants.

Event manager Julie Braithwaite said: “It was a successful and really lovely event in a beautiful setting.

“Many thanks to Lord Cholmondeley for letting us use Houghton Hall and to the pink army who came out in force to raise money for such an important cause.

Race for Life at Houghton Hall, Running for Mum and Grangran are LtoR,  Laura Read, Ava Read(4), Helen Coley. ANL-150722-090456009

Race for Life at Houghton Hall, Running for Mum and Grangran are LtoR, Laura Read, Ava Read(4), Helen Coley. ANL-150722-090456009

“We also had some amazing volunteers on hand who gave up their time to marshal the course, cheer on the runners or to help out onsite.

“There was a great sense of community spirit and the people of King’s Lynn did us proud.”

The race was started by Caroline Williamson, from Marham, in memory of her husband, Rob, who died from a brain tumour last year.

Mrs Williamson also led a team of her children and friends who completed the course while dressed as pink whoopee cushions.

Race for Life at Houghton Hall, Caroline Williamson with her Williamson Wanderers Team ANL-150722-090329009

Race for Life at Houghton Hall, Caroline Williamson with her Williamson Wanderers Team ANL-150722-090329009

Ahead of the race, the participants were taken through a warm-up exercise routine led by members of Lynn’s Hero’s Gym.

And Ms Braithwaite told the runners their efforts were directly contributing to scientists’ efforts to find a cure for the disease.

She said: “You really are making a difference. You people are providing the funding for that. We cannot do it without you.”

The charity says that 50 per cent of people diagnosed with cancer now survive the disease.

Race for Life at Houghton Hall, the warm up session gets underway. ANL-150722-090351009

Race for Life at Houghton Hall, the warm up session gets underway. ANL-150722-090351009

It hopes to increase that figure to 75 per cent within the next 20 years.

Race for Life at Houghton Hall, Team Brittons, King's Lynn ready for the off ANL-150722-090445009

Race for Life at Houghton Hall, Team Brittons, King's Lynn ready for the off ANL-150722-090445009

Race for Life at Houghton Hall''Race winner Rebecca Russell from King's Lynn ANL-150722-090413009

Race for Life at Houghton Hall''Race winner Rebecca Russell from King's Lynn ANL-150722-090413009