WOMEN are once again being urged to lace up their trainers and run for charity.
Entry to this year’s Race For Life opened today with organisers issuing a rallying cry to mums, daughters, sisters and friends in Hartlepool by saying: “It’s all of us versus cancer.”
More than 1,400 women turned out in force on the seafront at Seaton Carew for last year’s event, raising an impressive £69,641 for Cancer Research UK.
Organisers were delighted with the turn out, but this year have upped the target again to 1,500 runners and a fundraising total of £72,000.
This year’s event will take place on Sunday, June 24.
Women are reminded the race is not competitive and those taking part can run, jog or walk the 5k or 10k route.
Claire Wase, Cancer Research UK’s North East event manager, said: “We know many women want to take part in Race for Life but are worried they won’t be able to complete the course.
“We want to reassure them that Race for Life is not about being fast or fit.
“Instead, it’s a celebration of sisterhood and hope.
“We are very grateful to everyone who took part in Race for Life in Hartlepool last year and in the past.
“Thanks to them Cancer Research UK has been able to fund much-needed research.
“But the battle against cancer never stops and for this reason we need them to return in 2012 and bring new recruits with them.”
To sign up for the race, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 6411111.