Thousands of women needed

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AN urgent appeal has been issued to women after a drop in numbers taking part in a cancer charity run.

Only 2,100 have pledged to take part in the Race For Life, at Aykley Heads, Durham City, on July 3, a big fall from last year’s event when 3,200 joined in.

There are still 3,500 places to fill on the fund-raiser, which supports Cancer Research and is backed by Tesco.

Event manager Helen Tibbott said: “We are very grateful to all the women who have already entered the event in Durham, but we urgently need many more.

“It could be that many women have simply forgotten to enter this year or, having completed the 5k event previously, feel that they don’t want to take part again.

“But we want to remind these women just how important their contribution is.”

TV presenter Gloria Hunniford, who lost her daughter Caron Keating to breast cancer seven years ago, is patron of Race For Life.

She said: “Race for Life is an amazing women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year for lifesaving research into all cancers – helping men, women and children across the North East.

“If fewer women take part, there will be less money to fund research, which in turn means fewer lives saved in the future.”

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