A mass of pink-clad women – joined by a number of men – took up their starting places yesterday at Inverness’ Bught Park in aid of Cancer Research.
Central to the ethos of the event was to have fun and there was plenty evidence of that on show with some 1,400 entrants dressed in pig costumes and others taking part in pink tutus.
But the serious matter of raising cash for Cancer Research was far from forgotten with the fundraising total coming in at around £100,000.
The day got off to a positive start with the crowd hearing the inspiring story of Nicola Ewing who was running this year after beating breast cancer.
After that, runners of all ages and abilities took part in a mass aerobics warm up led by fitness instructor Lorraine O’Brien.
She gave up her lunch hour because she did not want to miss the event.
Taking part, she said, gave her “a really warm feeling”, adding “it is just a lovely atmosphere.”
Having warmed up, the runners and walkers made their way to the starting line to get the event underway.
Many wore signs on their back naming the people they were running for.
Then, just a little after 12.30pm, Mrs Ewing sounded the air horn a number of times to set the runners off on whichever course they chose.
The participants were released in waves according to how the wanted to attempt the either of the courses – the 5k or the 10k – running, jogging or walking.
There were also a number of furry runners also dressed in pink for the day as some people decided to take their dogs along to add to the fun.