Thousands of women from across the north-east flocked to the beach in Aberdeen dressed in pink for the Race for Life event in aid of Cancer Research.
The runners were powered on by two mums from the city who addressed those taking part about their struggle with cancer.
Pamela Souter, 33, was one of the VIPs and addressed runners ahead of the 5K race.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago.
Although she overcame the disease, the cancer returned this year in her lungs and later in her back – meaning that she could not take part in this year’s race as she had planned.
She made an impassioned plea for women to check their breasts regularly and visit a doctor if they are concerned with changes.
As part of this she had launched a campaign with a twitter handle of #checkyourselfie which encourages checks online.
She also was full of praise for her husband Allan and two sons Keiran and Allan, who have been with her in her battle with cancer.
Mrs Souter said:”I have the most loving husband, two gorgeous young boys and I just want to live my life to the full.
“I don’t want pity. Pity may be kind but it achieves nothing. I’m treatable but no longer curable.
“Now I’m facing cancer for a second time I see even more that we need more money raised to help find a cure for all cancers.”
The earlier runners who opted for the 10K race were addressed by Susan Milne who was celebrating a decade of being cancer free.
She said: “It’s been ten years since I was free of cancer, and we’re running the 10K and we’re aiming to raise £10,000.”
She has raised £6,266 and is confident of reaching this target by the end of the year.
The winner on the day was Kat Wiklinson who completed the course in 44 minutes.
The 33-year-old from Stonehaven was cheered on by husband Paul who has just marked six years of being clear of testicular cancer.
Last year almost 46,000 thousand people took part in Race for Life events in Scotland and raise a total of £2.9million.”