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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Countdown starts to annual Race for Life in Carlisle

The countdown is on to this year’s Race for Life events, and the women of Carlisle are being urged to step up and take part.

Race for Life photo
All women are welcome to take part

The annual Cancer Research UK fundraising event encourages women of all ages and abilities to unite against cancer.

Mums, grans, daughters, sisters and friends will join forces to take on the 5km or 10km challenge in the city’s Sheepmount Stadium on Sunday July 13.

Jayne Glasgow, Cancer Research UK’s Cumbria event manager, said: “Race for Life is not competitive and it’s not about being fit or fast: it is about thousands of women coming together to show cancer who’s boss.

“You don’t need to pound the pavements or be decked out in lycra to do your bit. Participants can choose to walk, jog, run or even dance their way around the course.

“Whichever way they reach the finish line, they are united by their determination to beat cancer.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life raises millions of pounds every year to fund research to help beat 200 types of cancer.

Although the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is going up – largely due to the fact that people are living longer and cancer is predominantly a disease of old age – survival rates have doubled in the past 40 years.

More people across Carlisle and Cumbria are now beating the disease than ever before.

Last year, 2,600 women took part in Race for Life in Carlisle and raised £148,700.

This year, organisers are hoping to persuade 3,000 women and girls to take part and help raise £177,000 for research.

Jayne added: “You don’t need to embark upon a tough training regime – unless you really want to. A gentle walk is a great form of exercise, and with lighter evenings on the way, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the fresh air, get fit and gear up for the Race for Life experience.

“The atmosphere and excitement on the day will get everyone’s blood pumping.”

Free training plans for different levels of ability are available on the Race for Life website. The six-week training plans are designed for walkers, joggers or runners. They feature guidance on warming up and stretching, as well as motivation.

To enter Race for Life events, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.

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