Ladies, we need you

Pictures Martin Bostock The 2012 Race for Life on Blackpool Promenade.
Pictures Martin Bostock The 2012 Race for Life on Blackpool Promenade.
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WOMEN are being urged to don their trainers and make a stand against cancer this summer.

Organisers of this year’s Cancer Research UK Race for Life are issuing the rallying cry: “cancer – we’re coming to get you”, as registrations for the event open today.

They are calling on all Fylde coast mums, daughters, sisters, grandmas and friends, encouraging them to sign up as soon as possible.

Every hour, around four people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West.

Women and girls of all ages, shapes and sizes are needed to join together as a formidable army and take on cancer on Blackpool Promenade on Wednesday, July 10.

It will be the second year the event has taken place on the Promenade, having moved from Lawson’s Showground, to allow more women to take part on a single night.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a series of women-only 5k fun runs, which raise millions of pounds every year to fund life-saving research.

Last year’s event was an especially memorable, poignant and emotional event, as it was officially started by 2012 Race for Life ambassador, 21-year-old Kim Rossall, from Thornton.

Kim had been battling a rare form of cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma since was 18.

She sadly lost her battle just over a month after the Race for Life – she had bravely completed the 5k course in July, despite being so ill.

Laura Taylor, Race for Life Blackpool events manager, said: “Come on ladies, please play your part by entering Race for Life in Blackpool today. Together, we can hit cancer where it hurts!

“There are more than 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all.

“It’s fighting talk, and we mean every word we say.

“Cancer, Blackpool is coming to get you.”

Last year, 2,418 women took part in Race for Life in Blackpool and raised a staggering £114,951.

This year, organisers need 2,500 women and girls to stride out to help raise £115,000 for vital research.

Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the North West. Laura, right, added: “It’s not about being fit or fast. Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun. Or they can choose to jog, run or even dance around the course if they prefer.

“Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate life, but also remember those who have been lost to the disease.

“Participants may be decked out in pink or fancy dress, but what’s inescapable is the power and strength which comes from thousands of women joining together to confront cancer.

“We are very grateful to everyone who took part in Race for Life in Blackpool last year and in the past. Thanks to them Cancer Research UK has been able to make progress against many forms of the disease.

“But the battle against cancer never stops so we need everyone to return to the fight in 2013 and bring new recruits with them.”

Go to www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.