WOMEN across Huddersfield are being invited to enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2008.
And the charity is asking them to pass on the invitation to friends, family and colleagues now that entries are open for the Huddersfield events.
It will be the eighth time Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life has come to the town and this year there will be three Race for Life events in Huddersfield, taking place at Greenhead Park on Saturday , June 21, at 4pm and Sunday, June 22, at 10.30am and 2.30pm.
The three races last year attracted a full house of 6,000 runners and raised tens of thousands of pounds.
Race for Life is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event, where women of all ages come together and walk, jog, or run 5k to raise money to help Cancer Research UK beat cancer.
Many women who take part in Race for Life do so for a personal reason; some women are cancer survivors while others take part in memory of or to celebrate the lives of loved ones affected by cancer.
Jenny Key, area event manager for Race for Life said: “We hope this is an invitation women can’t refuse. At Race for Life there are thousands of women of all ages and abilities, shapes and sizes who will motivate and inspire each other to complete the 5k course.
“Many simply walk round, chatting and having fun, but all share and enjoy the incredible sisterhood and spirit on the day.
“Last year’s events had an unforgettable atmosphere and we raised an incredible £300,000. This year, we are hoping that 6000 women will sign up to take part in the Huddersfield events, helping us to raise a target of £344,000 this year.”
In Huddersfield, Cancer Research UK is recruiting patients for a clinical trial to find out how best to use chemotherapy to treat people with advanced lung cancer. The trial is recruiting people with the most common form of the disease, non-small cell lung cancer.
Gloria Hunniford, patron of Race for Life said: “I’m extremely proud to be patron of Race for Life 2008 and would urge every woman, no matter what their age or ability, to sign up for their nearest event.
“It’s all about women coming together, having fun and celebrating the meaning of Race for Life.
“The genuine enthusiasm and emotion demonstrated by women across the UK creates an atmosphere that is truly unique and inspiring. It means so much to me to be a part of this amazing event.”
The Huddersfield participants will be part of a total of 750,000 women from across the UK, taking part at over 260 events.
Together they will be hoping to raise a total of £50m to fund vital life-saving research into the prevention, treatment and cure of all types of cancer.
To enter Race for Life 2008 or for more information, visit the website www.raceforlife.org/northeast or call the hotline on 0871 641 2275.