Be a behind-the-scenes hero for Hartlepool’s Race for Life

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016.
Hartlepool Race for Life 2016.

Wanted - volunteers to make sure Hartlepool’s Race for Life is another resounding success.

Hundreds of women have once again signed up to run the 5k course and they’re putting the final touches to their preparations.

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016.

Hartlepool Race for Life 2016.

But now comes a call for people to help in other areas which are just as vital. Cancer Research UK has called on the people of Hartlepool to turn out in force and give their time to the event.

They are needed for roles such as race marshalls for the run which heads along the Seaton Promenade on Sunday, July 2.

Last year, 1,141 people tackled the seafront course and raised more than £57,500 for Cancer Research UK.

Organisers are hoping for just as much success this year but they would love more support behind the scenes to make sure it runs smoothly.

If you can, give a few hours to provide an amazing experience for our participants and play your part in beating cancer sooner

Frances Kippax-Geary

Frances Kippax-Geary, the Area Events Manager for Cancer Research UK in Scotland, North East England & Northern Ireland, said: “We need volunteers to work from 9am-2pm with lunch and snacks provided.

“Roles include working as course marshals and on start and finish.

“If you can, give a few hours to provide an amazing experience for our participants and play your part in beating cancer sooner.”

Frances added: “Race for Life relies on volunteers donating their time to deliver a great event. In turn we try our best to look after our volunteers as we want them to have a fun and rewarding experience too. We provide lunch, a volunteer t-shirt and musical instruments to have fun with whilst on course and a much needed slice of cake before everyone leaves to celebrate a great event.

“Specifically we’re looking for people to course marshal and work on the start and finish area. Being cheered along the course or a friendly smile at the finish really does make a huge difference to our participants, especially if it’s windy out on the promenade!

“Race for Life will still happen but our staff and volunteers will have to work extremely hard on the day. Any extra volunteers we can secure will make a big difference and would be greatly appreciated.”

Help could also include setting up the course, and handing out medals to all of the finishers.

Anyone who can give their help should contact Frances on email at frances.kippax-geary@cancer.org.uk

Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Thanks to advances in research, more people in the North East are surviving cancer than ever before but to help even more people survive, Cancer Research UK needs people to do their bit.

Race for Life is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series with over 300 events around the UK. To find out more about the movement, visit the website at https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/