Women in Wharfedale are being invited to sign up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.
Every day, 80 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire and the Humber*.
That’s why the charity is urging women of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities to enter Race for Life 5k at East Holmes Field on Sunday 17th June. By signing up to Race for Life, women in Ilkley will make a real difference in the fight against cancer. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.
Katie Mathers, Cancer Research UK’s Ilkley Event Manager, said: “This is the perfect time for women in Yorkshire to commit to getting a little more active in 2018 by signing up for Race for Life and taking on a new fitness challenge.
“For those who need some extra encouragement to get moving, Race for Life offers the ultimate motivation. That’s because by taking part and raising money, participants will be helping to fund vital cancer research. By joining like-minded ladies committed to the cause, local women can unite against a disease that affects us all in some way.”
Katie added: “Taking part in Race for Life is a hugely moving experience. It’s a special opportunity for people to come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived.”
One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.
CANCER RESEARCH UK: Race for Life 5km – Sunday 19th July 2015 held at Hyde Park, London.
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Half Marathon and Hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding crucial research.
Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend over £4 million last year in Yorkshire on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research – helping more men, women and children survive.
Katie continued: “Race for Life events are non-competitive and participants can choose to walk, jog or run around the course. Whether they plan to pound the pavements or stroll to the finish, every step women take will help to support life-saving research.”
Dr Áine McCarthy, Cancer Research UK’s Senior Science Communications Officer, said: “Signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a great opportunity for women looking to kick-start a healthier lifestyle. Being regularly active has long-term health benefits, as research shows that even moderate physical activity can help reduce the risk of cancer. Brisk walking counts – anything that gets you warm and a little out of breath.
“By taking part and raising money, women in Ilkley will also be supporting our scientists and researchers to make vital strides forward in research. There are over 200 types of cancer and we need continued investment in research to help us find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat them all.”
THE YEAR TO VOLUNTEER – ILKLEY RACE FOR LIFE NEEDS YOU!
PEOPLE in Ilkley who are looking to make a resolution with a difference, and connect with their local community, are being urged to volunteer at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. By signing up to Race for Life’s volunteer team, and joining the fight against cancer, Ilkley’s men and women will be playing a crucial part in beating this devastating disease. As the countdown starts to the 5k event at East Holmes Field, Ilkley on Sunday 17th June, organisers are calling on people to sign up as helpers at raceforlife.org
Katie Mathers, Cancer Research UK’s Ilkley Event Manager, said: “This New Year, why not make a pledge to make a difference. Whatever time and skills you have to share, we’ve got the perfect role for you and there is training available on the day. The atmosphere promises to be electric as people from all walks of life unite in the fight against cancer. We’re calling on local men and women to get stuck in, cheer as loud as they can and help motivate our inspirational participants all the way to the finish line.”