Cancer Research Race for Life welcomes everyone as it returns to Sunderland

Runners take part i n last year's Race for Life at Herrington
Runners take part i n last year's Race for Life at Herrington

The Race for Life is going unisex when it returns to Sunderland this year.

The Cancer Research fund-raiser has previously been women-only, but now everyone is being urged to take part when it comes to Herrington Country Park on June 2.

This year, for the first time, Cancer Research UK is inviting everyone in the area – women, men and children - to join the Race for Life, with events for people of all ages and abilities.

Vikki Lambert, Cancer Research UK’s Sunderland 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 Sunderland access to the latest treatments.

"You don’t have to be sporty to take part. You don’t need to train or compete against anyone else. All you need to do is go to the Race for Life website, pick an event, sign up and then have fun raising money in whatever way you like."

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.

"The Race for Life is a powerful, inspirational movement which unites participants in Sunderland with people across the North East and the whole of the UK," said Vikki.

"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."

She added: “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 point during their lifetime. Sadly, this means nearly everyone is touched by the disease, either directly or through a loved one or friend.

"To make a significant difference in the fight against cancer we need to harness as much energy and commitment as possible – so what better way than involving everyone in the community in our events.

"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.”

As an incentive, there iss 30% off entry fees during January with the code RFL30.

Thanks to everyone who raises money, Cancer Research UK is able to fund research to fight 200 types of cancer. The good news is more people are surviving the disease 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.

To enter Race for Life today visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.