A CHARITY race at Victoria Park in Widnes has raised more than £4,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Hundreds of students and staff from Riverside College and Cronton Sixth Form College took part in the Race for Life event.

Before the 5k run started participants were invited to share treasured memories of loved ones who have died of cancer.

Some runners described their own personal battles with the disease.

Their thoughts are now displayed on a wall in the college foyer.

Everyone who took part attended a presentation ceremony to mark their achievement at the college’s Centre Stage Theatre.

Widnes Vikings players Greg Burke and James Chapelhow, Everton FC legends Derek Temple and Duncan McKenzie, England and Everton Ladies FC defender Gabby George and Everton Ladies FC manager Andy Spence presented runners with medals.

This was followed by a celebration barbecue.

Joe Clements, college enrichment officer and event co-organiser, said: “This year’s Race for Life was bigger and better than last year.

“We have raised an incredible amount of money for Cancer Research UK and it was amazing to see so many people taking part in this special event.

“We have smashed last year’s total and donations are still coming in.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part and made donations, and also to our guests who presented the medals.

“Everybody was very excited to meet them.

"We are already planning for next year’s event, which will be even bigger.”

To donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Riverside-College.