A TRIO of horse-lovers will be taking part in Race for Life this weekend but with a difference - walking alongside two pink 'unicorns'.

Nicola Higgins and mother and daughter Christine and Abbie Morris will be taking on a 5k trek around Rainford alongside their two Shetland ponies Isobel and Vera.

Nicola, 31, Christine, 50 and Abbie, 17 will walk with the ponies in hand on Sunday, September 20 to mark Race for Life.

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They will be decked in pink colour-themed fancy dress as per Race for Life tradition, as will the ponies.

Vera is the pony of Nicola's two-year-old daughter Lilly and Isobel belongs to Abbie, with both sharing the same yard in Rainford.

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Isobel and Abbie

Nicola said: "My mum has taken part in race for life for the past four years but unfortunately this year she is unable to so myself and Vera will be taking her place.

"I will run the 5k on September 25 as well as the Shetlands 5k walk out on September 20".

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Nicola Higgins

Christine added: "I lost my brother and my dad to cancer so this cause is very important to me and my family."

Daughter Abbie said: "I am doing this 5k in honour of my grandad who died of cancer when I was 7 years old, even though I didn’t get to spend much time with him he was still able to have a big impact on my life and he lives on in our memories."

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Christine Morris

The pink-coloured group will start their route on Whitehouse Lane (WA118NL) at 12.30pm on Sunday before travelling on to Rookery Drive; out on to Rookery Lane; down the Linear to the Co-op in the village; along the main road to the church; turn left at the Derby Arms; go back along the Linear; to Rookery Lane; then Rookery Drive and back up Whitehouse Lane.

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Nicola said: "Isobel was originally my pony and we are all on the same yard in Rainford. My daughter is now two so we thought who doesn't like pink unicorns! It's probably something people haven't thought of before."

She added: "After a year where vital cancer trials have been delayed, the Race for Life is more important than ever.

"That's why I'll be taking part in a Very 2020 Race for Life. Every pound you can donate will go towards Cancer Research UK’s ground-breaking work. We won’t let 2020 stop us."

See their fundraising page here.