Time to get on your marks and join the pink army

Co-workers at Skipton Building Society, St Annes, who are taking part in the Blackpool Race for Life July 2015: from left, Charlotte Greaves, Emma Riedel and Nazma Ditta.

Co-workers at Skipton Building Society, St Annes, who are taking part in the Blackpool Race for Life July 2015: from left, Charlotte Greaves, Emma Riedel and Nazma Ditta.

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Women in Blackpool are being urged to grab their last chance to enter Blackpool’s Race for Life – and join this team of co-workers to help fight cancer.

There are just two weeks left until registration for the event, which takes place on July 1, closes.

More than 1,800 women have already signed up for the women-only fund-raiser for Cancer Research.

Among them is this team of colleagues, from Skipton Building Society’s St Annes branch, in Wood Street.

Emma Riedel, Nazma Ditta and Charlotte Greaves signed up for the Race For Life because they have all been affected by cancer in some way. They are currently busy raising sponsorship.

For Charlotte, taking part will be especially poignant.

The customer advisor said: “We decided to do the race this year as we have all known someone who has been through cancer, or have lost someone to cancer.

“I was diagnosed back in 2001, aged 10 and after a year of treatment, and five years in remission, was given the all-clear.

“This is the first proper race for all of us. In truth, we haven’t done any training yet and we haven’t got any planned. We just want to do our bit and raise as much money as possible for Cancer UK.”

This year’s Blackpool Race For Life event will see a choice of a 5k and 10k route which women can walk, jog or run.

Emma Rowlandson, event manager for Race for Life in the north west, said: “We are absolutely thrilled so many women have entered Race for Life events in Blackpool. But we still have places left, so we are urging women to sign up as soon as possible.”

In 2014, 2,894 women took part in Race for Life in Blackpool and helped raise an incredible £121,000 for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. This year, the charity hopes the ladies who have entered will hit a fundraising target of £147,000.

Emma added: “Race for Life is not competitive and it’s not about being fit or fast.

“These events are all about the feel-good factor that comes from being part of the ‘pink army’ as thousands of women come together to defeat cancer.”

Women are also being asked to boost their contribution to Cancer Research UK, by doing a ‘wardrobe work-out’ before their event.

The charity is encouraging them to sort out and bag up hidden treasures – such as quality clothes, books and accessories they no longer use and take them to the donation station at Race for Life.

* Visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.