SILHILLIANS are being encouraged to get their running shoes on and sign up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2019.
The charity is urging women – and for the first time men – of all ages, shapes and sizes to take part in Race for Life Solihull on June 16 at Malvern Park.
Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to treat cancer and save more lives.
Lorna Hartley, Cancer Research UK’s Solihull event manager, said: “Our Race for Life events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting.
“They help people with cancer by raising money for research, including clinical trials which give patients in Solihull access to the latest treatments.
“Our Race for Life events have been women-only since they started, over 25 years ago. But we now feel the time is right to open them up so that everyone – women, men and children – has the chance to participate together.”
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 and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year.
Lorna added: “Taking part in our Race for Life events enables like-minded people to get together and remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those who have survived.
“At the same time, they are helping to make a difference to people with cancer, right now.
“This January, we’re urging mums, dads, nans, grandpas, brothers, sisters, friends and workmates to show their support by joining the Race for Life.
“It’s a perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer.”
To enter the Race for Life visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770 and until the end of January there’s 30 per cent off entry fees with the code RFL30.