Fundraisers don war paint for Race for Life battle cry – will you sign up?

Hartlepool College of Further Education students (left to right) Natasha Weegram, Katie Ingledew and Lauren Dixon. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool College of Further Education students (left to right) Natasha Weegram, Katie Ingledew and Lauren Dixon. Picture by FRANK REID

FUNDRAISERS put on their ‘war paint’ and called on women to join the fight against cancer by signing up for this year’s Race for Life in Hartlepool.

A team of volunteers and events managers set up stall outside Hartlepool College of Further Education as they took Race for Life’s Battle HQ on tour.

Jo Martin (left) with Andrea Willingham from Hartlepool College of Further Education. Picture by FRANK REID

Jo Martin (left) with Andrea Willingham from Hartlepool College of Further Education. Picture by FRANK REID

The prominent location in Hartlepool town centre helped them spread the word as they look to make sure the event in July is another runaway success.

Organisers want mums, daughters, grans, friends and colleagues to unite and form a pink army at Race for Life 5k and 10k events along Hartlepool’s Promenade in July.

Anna Thompson, area event manager from Cancer Research UK, said: “Cancer research need as many people as possible to sign up.

“You can get together in groups if you do not want to take part on your own, get the girls together and make a big day of it.”

It’s about an army of women standing shoulder to shoulder ready to take on cancer

Anna Thompson –Cancer Research UK

This year, entrants have a choice of running 5k or for the first time 10k.

Anna added: “For women who have taken part in the 5k before it is a bigger challenge and something to train a bit more for.”

The Race for Life team handed out scores of fliers to students and passers by from their tent on Stockton Street.

People also got the chance to try bold face paint designs and funky nail art in the charity’s colours.

Jo Martin (left) with Andrea Willingham from Hartlepool College of Further Education. Picture by FRANK REID

Jo Martin (left) with Andrea Willingham from Hartlepool College of Further Education. Picture by FRANK REID

They could also try Race for Life tattoos and take selfie photos in the tent to share their ‘fight-face’ with family and friends.

“The day has gone really well, especially within the college,” added Anna.

“We distributed a lot of fliers including to local businesses.

“The college has been really supportive of us and gave us a good spot in the town centre.”

Last year, 1,263 women in Hartlepool pulled on their trainers and put their heart and soul into raising £64,805 for life-saving research.

This year, organisers say they need women and girls to stride out to help raise even more to help save lives.

Anna said: “We need to give the event a big push and encourage people to sign up.

“Every hour, more than one person is diagnosed with cancer in The North East.

“It doesn’t matter how fit or fast you are because Race for Life is not competitive.

“It’s about an army of women standing shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on cancer.

“With fire in their bellies and trainers at the ready, we know that Hartlepool’s ladies are up for the challenge.”

lTo enter go to raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.