9th Dec, 2016

Marathon inspired runners called to don trainers again for Race for Life

Shaun Reynolds 25th Apr, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

BOROUGH women inspired by the heroic efforts of participants at last weekend’s London Marathon are being urged to create their own story at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Unlike the London Marathon, Race for Life attracts women of all ages and abilities with its popular 5k, 10k and ‘Pretty Muddy’ routes – all while raising funds for Cancer Research on Sunday (June 19).

For those seeking a challenge, there’s also an opportunity to enter Race for Life’s women-only full and half marathon events.

The annual event has raised millions of pounds each year with the aim to help fund research into beating the 200 types of cancer.

Last year’s Solihull event attracted over 2,200 women, raising a combined total of £140,000 – and organisers are confident this year’s event can prove just as successful.

Katy Barley, Cancer Research UK’s Solihull event manager, said: “We want all those women who felt moved to take action right now by choosing their Race for Life event and signing up.

“There’s a Race for Life event for every woman – whether they’re looking for a gentle 5k, the fun of overcoming obstacles at Pretty Muddy or the challenge of a full or half marathon.”

Research has shown that even small bursts of moderate physical activity can help reduce the risk of cancer.

It is estimated that one in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their life.

However survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s.

Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to continue research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the West Midlands.

Katy added: “Race for Life events are not competitive.

“They are about an army of women crossing the finish line together in the fight against cancer.

“Whatever the distance, every step taken around the course will help bring us one step closer to the day when all cancers are cured.

“The atmosphere is incredibly supportive and pledging to take part, alongside thousands of like-minded women, is a great motivation.”

Visit www.raceforlife.org to enter or call 0300 123 0770.