Pink army puts on war paint for Race for Life

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

FUNDRAISERS will be putting on their ‘war paint’ and calling on all women to join the fight against cancer by signing up for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Hartlepool.

They 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.

And to get the message across, a team of volunteers and events managers will be taking Race for Life’s ‘Battle HQ’ on tour to Hartlepool College of Further Education on Wednesday, April 22 from 10am.

Capturing the fun and camaraderie of Race for Life, Battle HQ will also give passers-by a chance to try the bold face paint designs and funky nail art associated with this year’s events.

They will also have the chance to try Race for Life tattoos and take a ‘selfie’ in the Battle HQ tent to share their ‘fight-face’ photo with family and friends.

Anna Thompson, area event manager from Cancer Research UK, said: “We’re bringing our Battle HQ to Hartlepool to give women of all ages a chance to experience the power and the passion of Race for Life and to find out what’s in store at our Hartlepool events in July. We hope it will motivate women of all shapes and sizes to sign up as soon as possible.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Marathon events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat 200 different types of cancer.

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 need women and girls to stride out to help raise even more to help save lives.

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

“That’s why we are calling on the brave ladies of Hartlepool to help make this year’s Race for Life our best ever. 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.”

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 The North East.

To enter Race for Life go to or call 0300 123 0770.