Sign up for Race for Life

The crowd warms up at the Race for Life. Picture: Andrew Roe
The crowd warms up at the Race for Life. Picture: Andrew Roe

DONCASTER women are being urged to put their best foot forward and join the fight against cancer by signing up for Race for Life.

Registration for the popular event is now open and event organisers are issuing the rallying cry ‘it’s all of us versus cancer’ to mums, daughters, sisters, grandmas and friends, encouraging them to sign up as soon as possible.

Women and girls of all ages, shapes and sizes are needed to join forces for the event which will take place at Town Fields on Sunday, June 24.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year for life-saving research into 200 types of cancer – helping men, women and children across Yorkshire survive.

Women can choose whether to walk, jog or run the 5k route.

All women are welcome, regardless of whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group.

Alison Mackfall, Cancer Research UK’s Yorkshire Events Manager, said: “Come on ladies – please enter Race for Life in Doncaster today! It’s all of us versus cancer and we need you to join the fight as soon as possible.”

Last year, 3,670 women took part in Race for Life in Doncaster and raised a fantastic £183,000 and organisers are hoping this year can be bigger and better than ever.

By uniting - and enlisting the support of the men and boys in their lives – women across Doncaster can make a stand against cancer - a disease which affects 26,700 people in the Yorkshire area every year.

Alison continued: “We know many women want to take part in Race for Life but are worried they won’t be able to complete the course. 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 three people in the Yorkshire region will be diagnosed with cancer.”

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research. So money raised through Race for Life is crucial to the pioneering work of doctors, nurses and scientists who are fighting cancer on all fronts.

Thanks to research into cancer, hundreds of thousands of lives have already been saved. With help from the people of Doncaster, Cancer Research UK intends to save many more.

Alison added: “We are very grateful to everyone who took part in Race for Life in Doncaster 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.”

To join Doncaster versus cancer, enter Race for Life at www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.