Former Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms is urging women to sign up for the Milton Keynes Race for Life – even though she can’t take part herself.
Retiredbadminton professional Gail is seven months pregnant with her second child and will be busy with the new baby when the race launches in June.
But this week she squeezed a Race for Life T-shirt over her bump to sound the rallying cry.
She is calling for mothers, daughters, sisters and friends to take part and raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.
“Sadly cancer is an awful disease which affects many families. I am patron of a breast cancer support group inn the area and I have seen the devastation a cancer diagnosis can cause,” she told the Citizen.
“But I also know that many more people are alive today thanks to the invaluable research done by organisations such as Cancer Research UK.
“I am hoping that, in my children’s lifetime, we will have got cancer on the run.”
Race for Life entrants can choose to walk, jog or run either a five kilometre of 10 kilometre route,
Last year 3,200 women took part in the MK Race and raised more than £229,000.
Gemma Kitching, manger of the MK Race for Life, said: “We’re so grateful to Gail for supporting us. Gail is a sporting superstar but Race for Life is for everybody.
“Women come from different backgrounds and walks of life but they are united by their absolute determination to take on cancer and beat it.”
> This year’s Race for Life takes place at Campbell Park on Sunday, June 30. To enter call 0845 600 6050 or visit www.raceforlife.org.