Get involved in Wearside’s Race for Life

FILE PIC''Race for Life 2011 at Herrington County Park on Sunday.
FILE PIC''Race for Life 2011 at Herrington County Park on Sunday.
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CALLING the women of Wearside – pull on your trainers and help save lives.

Entries are now open for this year’s Race for Life event, which is being held in Herrington Country Park.

The run is in aid of Cancer Research UK and aims, once again, to raise cash towards research into life-saving cancer treatments.

Last year saw 4,500 women take part, generating £239,000 for the cause.

The money is crucial in helping the ongoing fight against cancer, which it’s estimated affects more than 14,000 people in the North East each year.

Holly Howey, Cancer Research UK’s North East events manager, called on Sunderland women to get involved.

She said: “It’s all of us versus cancer and we need you to join the fight as soon as possible.”

Those taking part can enter either the 5k or 10k route events and women of all ages are able to register.

“We know many women want to take part in Race for Life but are worried they won’t be able to complete the course,” added Holly.

“We want to reassure them that Race for Life is not about being fast or fit.

“Instead, it’s a celebration of sisterhood and hope.

“Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun.

“The really startling fact is that in the same period of time, around two people in the North East will be diagnosed with cancer.

“We are very grateful to everyone who took part in Race for Life in Sunderland last year and in the past. Thanks to them Cancer Research UK has been able to fund much-needed research.

“But the battle against cancer never stops and for this reason we need them to return to the fight in 2012 and bring new recruits with them.”

Go to www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111 to enter.

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