Coity Castle turns pink to launch Race For Life in Bridgend

Wednesday 22 March 2017

The historical landmark turned pink to encourage women across Bridgend and South Wales to walk, jog or run the 5k event.

Coity Castle

A special guest attending the launch was Ceryl Jenkins from Blaengarw on the outskirts of Bridgend County and a service manager at Bridend’s Tesco Extra store, Ceryl is taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life for the 7th time this year.  

Ceryl, 51, has lost many family members to the disease over the years including her father, mother-in-law and sister-in-law.

The mum of two took part in the very first Race for Life in Cardiff, over 20 years ago and has taken part six times since then in both Cardiff and Bridgend Race for Life with a team of over 20 people from the Tesco store, as well as friends and family.  And the team from Tesco will be there again at the starting line in Newbridge fields on Sunday 4th June.

Lisa Sweeting, Cancer Research UK’s Bridgend Event Manager, said: “We were really excited to light up Coity Castle  such a well-known Bridgend landmark — in pink. We hope it will encourage lots of ladies to join the fight and sign up to one of our many Race for Life events across South Wales.

“Race for Life events are non-competitive and participants can choose to walk, jog or run around the course. Whether they plan to amble with friends or sprint to the finish line, every step they take will help to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

“Every day, 52 people are diagnosed with cancer in Wales*. That’s why we’re calling on women in Bridgend to make 2017 a year to remember. Together, we can stop this devastating disease in its tracks.”

Lisa continued "one in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress."

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Marathon and Hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding life-saving research.

Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend over £4 million in Wales last year, on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research — helping more men, women and children survive.

“By taking part in Race for Life, mums, daughters, sisters and friends can make a real difference in the fight against cancer. We urge women to sign up right now and show their support.”

To enter Race for Life’s 5k,10k or Pretty Muddy events in the South West, visit or call 0300 123 0770.