THOUSANDS of people hit the streets of Oxford this morning to share their stories as the city's Race for Life returned.

About 3,000 people walked, jogged and ran past the city's landmarks to raise an estimated £133,000 for Cancer Research UK.

A wave of pink-coloured positivity swept across University Parks as participants and their families took to the start line at 10am, with many running in memory or support of friends and family.

Event manager Sophie Heath, 28, lost her mother to cancer when she was 17 and organised her fourth Oxford Race for Life.


She said: "Cancer Research UK has always been close to my heart and I've always fundraised for it.

"I thought there's no better way than organising the biggest events in the UK.

"It's a five-hour round trip for me but it's totally worth it.

"Everyone's doing it for someone - I would drive to Inverness and back to be involved."

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Routes of 5k and 10k took the pink-clad participants past city landmarks, before returning to the Parks.

Bicester resident Ryan McKenzie, aged 16, was the first finisher for the shorter distance.

He said: "It was a really fun race and it's all done for a good cause."

More to follow.