LADIES, we need you!
That’s the rallying cry from the organisers of the Race for Life, who are hoping July’s Blackpool event will be bigger and better than ever.
The women’s only event, raising funds for Cancer Research UK, will take place at a new venue.
For the last 11 years, the 5k fundraiser has taken place around the grounds of the De Vere Village Hotel and Lawson’s Showground.
But this July, for the first time, women of all ages – who each have their own special personal reason for taking part – will walk, run and jog along Blackpool Promenade.
The change of venue will mean more women can take part.
Previously, the Race for Life in Blackpool took place over two nights, in order to cater for the huge demand for places, as so many local women wanted to show their support for fighting cancer.
But for 2012, there will be just be one night – which organisers hope will mean the fundraiser will be even better supported.
Laura Taylor, Race for Life Blackpool event manager, said: “We are all extremely excited about the new route, which will start at the Festival Headland, opposite Blackpool Tower, and run along the Promenade.
“By moving to the Promenade, we will be able to increase the number of participants, and combine two evening events into one amazing event for the women of Blackpool.
“The 5k course will take in many of the Blackpool attractions, and benefit from the improvements made in the town centre over the last couple of years.
“We hope the move will increase the great atmosphere and support we always get at Race for Life Blackpool.”
This year’s event will have a rather special guest, who the charity hopes will inspire local ladies to sign up.
The race will be officially started by Kim Rossall, from Thornton. The 20-year-old has been battling a rare form of cancer, called Ewing’s sarcoma, for two years.
Courageous Kim was recently given the devastating news her illness was incurable. But the inspirational former Baines School pupil – who has always been sporty – hopes she will be able to take part in the 5k event.
Laura added: “Come on ladies – please enter the Race for Life in Blackpool today. It’s all of us versus cancer, and we need you to join the fight as soon as possible.
“We know many women want to take part in the Race for Life, but are worried they won’t be able to complete the course.
“We want to assure them Race for Life is not about being fast or fit. Instead, it’s 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 – in the same period of time, around four people in the North West will be diagnosed with cancer.”
Last year, 2,862 women took part in Race for Life in Blackpool and raised £114,284.
This year, organisers want 3,000 to don their trainers or running shoes and join in the fun and raise £120,000 for vital work into fighting cancer.
To enter, log onto www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.