Women urged to join Race for Life

This Is Wiltshire: Last year's race for life at Lydiard Park Last year's race for life at Lydiard Park

SWINDON women are being urged to make a stand against cancer by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Event organisers are issuing the rallying cry ‘Cancer, we’re coming to get you’ to mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers and friends, encouraging them to sign up as soon as possible.

There will be two races taking place at Lydiard Park on Sunday, June 2, at 11am and 3pm Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in partnership with Tesco is an inspiring women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.

Every hour, more than three people are diagnosed with cancer in the South West. Simon Burley, Cancer Research UK’s South West events manager, said: “Come on, ladies, please play your part by entering Race for Life in Swindon today.

“There are over 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all.

“It’s fighting talk, and we mean every word we say. Cancer, Swindon is coming to get you.”

Last year, 3,174 women took part in Race for Life in Swindon and raised an impressive £186,948.

This year, the organisers are looking for 3,500 women and girls to stride out to help raise £205,000 for vital research.

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 the South West.

Simon said: “Women of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of fitness take part in Race for Life.

“They come from different backgrounds and walks of life but they are united by their absolute determination to take on cancer and beat it.

“Race for Life is non-competitive. It’s not about being fit or fast.

“Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease.

“Participants may be decked out in pink or fancy dress but what’s inescapable is the power and strength that comes from thousands of women joining together to confront cancer.

“Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research but with help from the people of Swindon, the charity intends to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”

To enter Swindon Race for Life, see www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.

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