Still time to join the Race for Life

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TIME is running out for women and girls to sign up for a major event that raises vital cash for cancer victims.

There are still 2,000 places to fill with just weeks until Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life comes to Hartlepool.

The event takes place at the Promenade, at Seaton Carew, at 11am, on Sunday, June 5.

So far 1,000 women have entered but the figure is short of the number of participants needed by the charity.

Race for Life patron and TV presenter Gloria Hunniford is spearheading an appeal rallying local women to enter as soon as possible and support the charity’s life saving-work.

Race for Life is particularly close to Gloria’s heart as she lost her daughter, Caron Keating, also a TV presenter, to breast cancer seven years ago.

Gloria said: “Race for Life is an amazing women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year for life-saving research into all cancers, helping men, women and children across the North-East.

“But this year there is a problem as recruitment for events across the North-East is significantly down on women.

“If fewer women take part there will be less money to fund research, which in turn means fewer lives saved in the future.

“It takes one hour to walk it but in that same period of time two people will be diagnosed with cancer in the North-East.

In 2010 1,900 women took part in the Hartlepool event and helped raise £85,500 for Cancer Research UK.

This year the charity hopes 3,000 women will achieve a fundraising total of £160,000.

Enter by visiting www.raceforlife.org or by calling 0871 6411111.