The Ladies Tractor Road Run needs your stories…

The Pink Ladies’ Tractor Road Run has eyes on a new challenge – to produce a book charting the rise of the iconic event and the stories behind the women who take part.

The first Pink Ladies Tractor Run set off in 2004 and to date the event has raised a staggering £812,000 for Cancer Research UK’s breast cancer appeal.

Organised by Annie Chapman BEM, the run annually sees more than 100 decorated tractors winding their way through Norfolk and north Suffolk.

Each year money is raised by the ladies who take part in the event, money collected on the day from the thousands of supporters who gather along the route and donations and fundraising activities following the run.

Now the event is looking to produce a book to share the stories of the people who make it happen – the tractor drivers, marshalls, sponsors, supporters and countless others.

Organiser Annie Chapman said: “It’s about more than just money. We have always said and believed that. Behind every Pink Lady is a story. It may have everything to do with breast cancer or nothing at all, but, whatever the motives, they have been strong enough to create a unique, emotional, special and enduring phenomenon.

“Over the last 18 years I have had the privilege of knowing those Pink Ladies who have suffered breast cancer. Many have survived, some have not. Their stories will always be with me.

“But there are stories I don’t know and I hope that, by bringing them together in a book, we can capture and share with others the indefinable magic of the Ladies’ Tractor Road Run. I am looking for the fun, the friendship, the crazy as well as the serious.

“The book, like the run, cannot happen without you so I am asking you to contribute your story. Why have you taken part? How big was the challenge? What has it meant to you, your family and your friends?

“We would also welcome contributions from anyone who has helped, sponsored or supported this run in any way whatsoever! Relevant photographs would also be appreciated.

“So please send me your story, a paragraph, a page or a chapter! By Easter if possible please. I’m very much looking forward to hearing from you.”

To send in your recollections of the event and why you take part, including any photos of your experiences please email them to pinktractorannie@gmail.com or send to Boundary Farm, Garlic Street, Pulham St. Mary, Diss, IP21 4RL.

For more information about the event please visit www.ladiestractorroadrun.co.uk

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