Getting dirty to beat cancer

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A TEAM of researchers will be overcoming obstacles to tackle cancer by entering a new event being hosted in Sunderland.

The scientists at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research at Newcastle University, will be getting down and dirty at Herrington Country Park on Sunday after Wearside was chosen to host the first ever Race for Life Pretty Muddy event.

Senior research technician, Suzanne Kyle, 43, signed up the team for the event to show cancer that they are ready to get dirty in the fight against the disease.

Pretty Muddy is a women-only, non-competitive 5k obstacle course – with mud.

Jayne Glasgow, Cancer Research UK’s North East events manager, said: “We’re so excited about launching Race for Life Pretty Muddy in the North East.

“We’re holding this exhilarating new event for the first time in the UK, and we’ve chosen Sunderland as our first venue because we believe our local supporters will love this new challenge.

“Pretty Muddy promises all the fun and camaraderie of Race for Life but with added obstacles and, of course, mud. Just like Race for Life, it’s not about being fit or fast. It’s about showing cancer how tough Race for Life women are.

“Women can do the event at their own pace and climb, jump, walk and laugh their way around the course. It’s about women of all shapes and sizes tackling obstacles together, united in their absolute determination to beat cancer.”

Every hour, about two people are diagnosed with cancer in the North East.

Jayne continued: “We know that women in the North East will be determined to tackle every obstacle in their path at Pretty Muddy to help cancer patients by raising money to fund crucial research.”

To enter North East Pretty Muddy, go to www.prettymuddy.org or call 0845 600 6050.