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Pictures: Belfast joggers take to the street for annual Pink Run

[Photos] Thousands take to the streets for annual Pink Run Close

Bea Adair, Helen Osbourne and Cheryl Martin from Killylea

Bea Adair, Helen Osbourne and Cheryl Martin from Killylea

Deborah and Amy Kerr from Ballymena

Deborah and Amy Kerr from Ballymena

Lynette, Ellie and Erin Kane from Whitehead

Lynette, Ellie and Erin Kane from Whitehead

Donna Owens, Fintona, Claire Atchinson

Donna Owens, Fintona, Claire Atchinson

Claire Ball from Ballynure

Claire Ball from Ballynure

Irene and Donna Bates from Woodvale

Irene and Donna Bates from Woodvale

Irene and Donna Bates from Woodvale

Irene and Donna Bates from Woodvale

Theresa Mungar, Bangor, Tania Hucthinson, Ballynure and Mark Allen,  Belfast Running Club

Theresa Mungar, Bangor, Tania Hucthinson, Ballynure and Mark Allen, Belfast Running Club

Robyn McAlonan and Michelle Aiken from Newtownards

Robyn McAlonan and Michelle Aiken from Newtownards

Tracey,Ann, Lisa and Claire McQuillan, Kerry Johnston, Emma Cregg and Sorcha Martin from Swatragh near Coleraine

Tracey,Ann, Lisa and Claire McQuillan, Kerry Johnston, Emma Cregg and Sorcha Martin from Swatragh near Coleraine

Laura Henderson, Jayne McMurray and Shirley Hagan from Out There Services

Laura Henderson, Jayne McMurray and Shirley Hagan from Out There Services

Fiona O’Neill and Janet Hill from North Belfast

Fiona O’Neill and Janet Hill from North Belfast

Margaret, Darcy and Lee-Ann Sharp from Newtownabbey

Margaret, Darcy and Lee-Ann Sharp from Newtownabbey

Ruth Henderson and Helen McCullough from Armagh

Ruth Henderson and Helen McCullough from Armagh

Rachel Lennox, Kat McQuillan, Shelley Boyle and Stephanie Watson from Ballyclare

Rachel Lennox, Kat McQuillan, Shelley Boyle and Stephanie Watson from Ballyclare

Dorothy Johnston, Dundonald, Judith Henderson, Julie Cobett, Eleanor Harkness and Tanya Hutchinson from Ballynure

Dorothy Johnston, Dundonald, Judith Henderson, Julie Cobett, Eleanor Harkness and Tanya Hutchinson from Ballynure

Nicky and Evan Roberts,  Becky and Gina McVeigh , East Belfast

Nicky and Evan Roberts, Becky and Gina McVeigh , East Belfast

Melanie Slater, Taylor Barkley and Tina Rourke from Ballymoney

Melanie Slater, Taylor Barkley and Tina Rourke from Ballymoney

Rut Ni Bleine and Bronagh Goan, Belfast

Rut Ni Bleine and Bronagh Goan, Belfast

April Lindsey, Bethany Lindsay and Wendy McGowan from Lisburn

April Lindsey, Bethany Lindsay and Wendy McGowan from Lisburn

Louise Johnston, Leona Marron, Kate Davidson, Fiona Hogg and Laura Reid from Ballymena

Louise Johnston, Leona Marron, Kate Davidson, Fiona Hogg and Laura Reid from Ballymena

Paula Bradley, Jamie Williamson, Ciaran Bradley and Charlie Williamson from Crumlin

Paula Bradley, Jamie Williamson, Ciaran Bradley and Charlie Williamson from Crumlin

Alice, Chloe and Trisha Browne from Stormont

Alice, Chloe and Trisha Browne from Stormont

Claire Ball from Ballynure and Emma Kinlough from Ballymena

Claire Ball from Ballynure and Emma Kinlough from Ballymena

Hundreds of joggers have hit the streets in of Belfast in support of local breast cancer research as part of the annual Pink Run.

The event is organised by Cancer Focus NI and sees joggers, runners and walkers covered head to toe in pink powder.

Open to all ages and abilities, the event is now established as a fundraising favourite during breast cancer awareness month in October.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Northern Ireland. Every year 1,200 are diagnosed and 300 lose their lives.

Kathryn Holland, Challenge Events manager at Cancer Focus NI, says all the money raised at the run will go towards funding research at Queens’ University in Belfast.

"Just £200 will fund half a day’s research which could make a huge difference to women who have the mutant BRCA1 gene which gives them an 85% chance of developing breast cancer.

"Even the smallest donation will help researchers explore better ways of preventing the disease and find alternative treatments for these women who at present have to consider breast removal to drastically lower their risk."

Mrs Holland added: "Thank you to all our pink runners who took part in this event, challenging themselves to raise funds for local research that will help people living here with more options when it comes to treatment following a cancer diagnosis."

Sunday's event saw entertainment provided along the route and a live DJ.

Belfast Telegraph