5th Dec, 2016

City women urged to get fit for Cancer Research UK

Coventry Editorial 7th Jan, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CITY women of all shapes and sizes are being called upon to kick off the New Year by getting fit with Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2016.

Two Race for Life events, one 5k and the other 10k, will take place at Stoneleigh Park on June 26. A Pretty Muddy run will also be held on June 25.

Women are being encouraged to sign up now and created their own compelling goal to aim for later in the year, when the warmer weather makes staying on the sofa less tempting.

Emily Thompson, Cancer Research UK’s Coventry event manager, said Race for Life events were non-competitive.

She added taking part was not about being fit or fast and participants could choose to walk, jog, or run around the course.

“Signing up to take part in Race for Life is a great way for women of all ages to commit to get a little more active,” she said.

“Pledging to take part, alongside thousands of like-minded women, can be a great incentive to get fitter.

“Planning to raise money for life-saving research could prove more of a goal to get up and get moving than the usual New Year’s resolution to shift the post-Christmas pounds.”

Last year, 6,402 women took part in Race for Life in Coventry and raised a fantastic £405,487. This year, organisers hope to see the same level of support for the events.

The money 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 Midlands.

Emily said: “We’re calling on the brave ladies of Coventry to harness their fighting spirit once more and really show cancer whose boss.

“Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate everyone we love who has survived cancer.

“It’s also an emotional and moving way to pay tribute to those dear to us whose lives have been cut short by the disease.

“Our participants make Race for Life a truly uplifting, inspiring experience.”

Women who sign up for 5k and 10k events in January can benefit from a specially reduced sign up fee of £10.

Visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770 for more.