More than 1,200 runners set for Hartlepool Race for Life event

The winner. Runners at the Race for Life event.
The winner. Runners at the Race for Life event.

Hundreds of women have signed up to race along the Hartlepool seafront in the fight against cancer.

Almost 1,200 joggers have indicated they will be tackling the Race for Life in town this Sunday.

If you want to come along and sign on the day, people can do that. You will be more than welcome if you come over to the admin tent to sign up

Anna Thompson, Cancer Research UK’s North East event manager

So far, 178 women have decided to try the ten kilometre run which is being held for the first time. Another 998 will face the shorter five kilometre run.

But there’s still time for runners to put their name down for the event - and entries will be taken on the day as well.

Anna Thompson, Cancer Research UK’s North East event manager, said 1,263 ran Race for Life in Hartlepool last year, raising £64,805.

She said: “If you want to come along and sign on the day, people can do that. You will be more than welcome if you come over to the admin tent to sign up.”

Weathermen are so far predicting decent conditions for the races.

Sunday morning is expected to be dry with sunny spells although some showers may develop during the afternoon.

Temperatures are thought to return to something like the seasonal average after a week of sweltering conditions.

It bodes well for a great day and for lots of money to be raised for the fight against cancer.

More than half of all people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but 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: “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 1230770.