SOLIHULL women are being encouraged to sign up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2017.
The charity is urging women of all ages, shapes and sizes to take part in Race for Life Solihull on June 18 at Malvern Park.
Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to treat cancer and save more lives.
Lucy de Leuw, Cancer Research UK’s Marketing Manager, said: “Signing up to take part in Race for Life is a great way for women to set themselves a new and exciting challenge for 2017.
“Race for Life events are non-competitive and participants can choose to walk, jog or run around the course. Every step women take will help to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
“Every day, around 85 people are diagnosed with cancer in the West Midlands.
“That’s why we’re calling on women in this area to make 2017 a year to remember.
“Together, we can stop this devastating disease in its tracks.”
One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but more people are surviving the disease now than ever before.
Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding life-saving research.
Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend over £9 million last year in the West Midlands on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research – helping more men, women and children survive.
Lucy continued: “We’re delighted to be able to bring the 5K event back to Malvern Park, it has a great turn out every year and it is fantastic to see the women of Solihull uniting to help beat cancer sooner.
“By taking part in Race for Life, women can make a real difference in the fight against cancer.
“We urge ladies to sign up right now and show their support.”
To enter Race for Life today visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.
Top 10 things to know about Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life
1. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a series of fun and inspiring women-only events raising money for research into around 200 types of cancer affecting men, women and children.
2. Race for Life started as one event in 1994 at Battersea Park with 680 participants. Today, it is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series with over 350 events around the UK from May to October.
3. Every year, women and girls of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes from all over the UK join together to take part in Race for Life either on their own or as part of a group.
4. There are lots of different events to choose from including 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Half Marathon, Marathon and Hiking challenges.
5. Race for Life events are non-competitive – taking part is not about being fit or fast and participants can choose to walk, jog or run around the course.
6. Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the West Midlands.
7. Participants can make sure they look the part on event day with the official Race for Life merchandise range – from slogan t-shirts and sweaters to wristbands and accessories.
8. Volunteers play a vital part in the success of all Race for Life events across the UK – there are lots of roles to choose from, which are open to men as well as women.
9. In 2017, Cancer Research UK hopes to recruit 475,000 women and raise £48m to help fund life-saving research.
10. Signing up to take part couldn’t be easier – simply visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.