Thousands set to take on cancer at Race for Life in Barnstaple
This Sunday (July 6) thousands of women will join forces against cancer at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Barnstaple.
Over 1,600 women – including cancer survivors and people taking part in memory or celebration or their loved ones – are set to unite for the 5k event at Seven Brethren Bank.
A sea of pink, composed of women of all shapes and sizes, will include mighty-mums, gutsy-grans, feisty friends and go-getting girls all determined to make every step count in the fight against cancer.
Ruth Chamings, Race for Life event manager for her home town Barnstaple, said: “Looking at all the ‘back signs’ that women wear at the event, declaring why they are taking part, is a very emotional experience. Many have survived cancer themselves or are participating in tribute to loved ones whose lives have been touched by the disease.
“I feel so grateful to everyone who is taking part in Race for Life in Barnstaple, and to all the family, friends and colleagues who are supporting them. What better way to fight back against cancer than by raising funds to beat the disease.”
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k events which raises millions of pounds every year to fund life-saving research.
Organisers hope participants at the Barnstaple event will raise £62,746. Last year 1,471 women took part and helped raise £61,533 for Cancer Research UK.
This year, the whole community has really got involved. Women and their supporters will be treated to free massages from the Body Shop at Home, as well as various other activities on the site. The highlight will be an aerobic warm-up led by Gail-Marie Shapter, which will feature a mass performance of the ‘Cancer Slam’ – Race for Life’s fun and defiant dance routine.
Barnstaple Race for Life is the second in this year’s Devon calendar which includes a 5k event in Plymouth, as well as a 5k and 10k event in Exeter on Sunday, July 27.
Ruth continued: “Every day, 84 people in our region are diagnosed with cancer.* By taking part, or sponsoring someone who is participating, you could help Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists make advances in research which will help more men, women and children in the South West survive.
“We still have places at events across the South West so we hope that local women will grab the opportunity to sign up today and help us hit cancer were it hurts.”
Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research but with help from people in the South West the charity intends to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
There is still time to enter Race for Life events across the South West at raceforlife.org or by calling 0845 600 6050.
(from a press release)