A LOCAL cancer research scientist will start this year’s Race for Life in Huddersfield.

Around 3,500 women and girls will be put through their paces this weekend to complete the 5km course at Leeds Road Playing Fields to raise vital cash for Cancer Research.

And they will be started by Dr Lucy Stead, of Cleckheaton, who works for Leeds Cancer Research UK and is one in a team of computational biologists who are carrying out pioneering research thanks to the cash raised from Race For Life.

Lucy, who is based at St James’s Hospital in Leeds, explained: “Cancer is caused by certain mutations within a person’s DNA code.

“These mutations often occur via exposure to carcinogens such as those found in tobacco smoke. However, which mutations cause cancer is not easy because there are 3000 million letters in a human’s DNA code and lots of them differ between individuals without causing disease.”

The event is today at 10.30am and tomorrow at 10.30am and 2.30pm.