NORTH Ayrshire’s Provost Anthea Dickson was given the honour of starting the Irvine Race for Life recently - in memory of her late sister.

She joined the participants at Irvine Beach Park on Sunday, June 12, who were there to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

More than £42,000 was raised at the Irvine event.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK’s spokeswoman in Scotland, said after the big event: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took part in Race for Life Irvine.

“The atmosphere at Race for Life Irvine was hugely moving- full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter as people celebrated the lives of those dear to them who have survived cancer and remembered loved ones lost to the disease.”

French and Spanish teacher Elinor Burnard from Paisley was the winner of the 10k.

And 13-year-old Jack Caldwell from Kilwinning won the the 5k.

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