Let’s make Hartlepool Race for Life the biggest yet

Last year's Hartlepool Race for Life on the seafront.
Last year's Hartlepool Race for Life on the seafront.

One thousand women have signed up to run the Race for Life in Hartlepool.

But the search is on for more joggers to tackle the seafront route on Sunday, July 5.

Every hour, more than one person is diagnosed with cancer in the North East. Our aim is that one day everyone will beat this devastating disease. The more research we can fund, the sooner that day will come

Anna Thompson, Cancer Research UK North East events manager

So far, 200 women have put their names down to tackle the ten kilometre run which is being held for the first time. Another 800 will face the shorter five kilometre run.

The numbers are already impressive but Anna Thompson, Cancer Research UK’s North East event manager, wants to surpass the 1,263 who ran Race for Life in Hartlepool last year, raising £64,805.

More than half of all people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before.

Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s.

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 Hartlepool.

Anna said: “There’s no better time to enjoy the great outdoors, get a bit fitter and limber up for Race for Life. Whether you choose to walk, jog or charge around the course, you’ll be joining an army of women united in the battle against cancer.

“Every hour, more than one person is diagnosed with cancer in the North East. Our aim is that one day everyone will beat this devastating disease.

“The more research we can fund, the sooner that day will come.”

To enter Race for Life in Hartlepool, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.