Thousands turned out for Race for Life in 2001.

Women of all ages raced from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier and back again.

All runners and supporters took part in a fun warm-up, doing star-jumps and numerous stretches before setting off.

The annual event was in aid of Imperial Cancer Research Fund.


Race for Life - Mass aerobic warm-up before the race.

Mass aerobic warm-up before the race.


These pictures show some of those who took part – both in action and warming up.

The Daily Echo has covered each and every event held since it began in the town and spoken to a huge number of amazing and courageous women that have battled with cancer themselves or had a loved one that has.


More than 2,000 runners set off on their 2001 Race for Life on Bournemouth seafront.


Some of those are taking part in Race for Life in these images.

Poole Race for Life takes place this weekend.