Monkey business to inspire women

Wendy Holland and members from her dance studio set up an open-air aerobics studio in Blackpool Zoo to officially launch this year's Race for Life.'The girls (and one pink gorilla!) pose after their 'cancer slam' performance.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'9-4-2014
Wendy Holland and members from her dance studio set up an open-air aerobics studio in Blackpool Zoo to officially launch this year's Race for Life.'The girls (and one pink gorilla!) pose after their 'cancer slam' performance. PIC BY ROB LOCK'9-4-2014
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These fitness fans have been monkeying around to inspire Fylde coast women to sign up for the Race for Life.

They got pretty in pink and bust a move at Blackpool Zoo, swopping their usual exercise routine at Wendy Holland’s Fitness Studio, in Thornton, for a dance of defiance dubbed the Cancer Research UK’s Cancer Slam.

And they were joined in their moment of movement by a giant pink gorilla.

The Cancer Slam aims to capture the energy and spirit of the women-only Race for Life series, as well as embodying the determination behind the event’s rallying cry “Cancer – we’re coming to get you.”

Organisers hope the Cancer Slam will have stopped Blackpool Zoo day-trippers in their tracks and helped to motivate local mums, grans, daughters, sisters and friends to sign-up for Race for Life.

Wendy Barratt, a Zumba instructor from Thornton, said: “We were so excited to be taking part in the Cancer Slam and we had a great time learning the routine.

“We hope we can inspire women to join in the fun and enter the Race for Life here in Blackpool. Cancer touches so many of us.

“That’s why we want to do everything we can to motivate women to power up the pink and show cancer who’s boss.”

Liz Booth, Race for Life North West events manager, said: “We’d like to thank the Wendy Hollands Fitness Studios for taking part in Cancer Slam and showing us how it’s done! The Cancer Slam is a fun, defiant and energetic dance, which epitomises the power and emotion of Race for Life. We urge women from across the region to get involved and unite in the fight against cancer.”

This year’s Blackpool Race for Life will take place on Wednesday, July 9, on the Promenade.

Last year, 2,600 women took part in Race for Life in the resort and raised £121,000.

Organisers hope to at least match the 2013 total – and beat it if possible.

n To enter Race for Life and learn how to do the Cancer Slam, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.