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AS International Women’s Day approaches organisers of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life are urging Milton Keynes women to become part of the biggest female-only team in the UK.

International Women’s Day, which celebrates its 101st anniversary on March 8, is a global movement celebrating women’s achievements.

Becky Ryczowski, Cancer Research UK’s Milton Keynes Race for Life manager, said she hoped mums, daughters, sisters, grandmas and friends would enter into the spirit of the day by signing up for Race for Life, the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series.

Becky said: “International Women’s Day focuses attention on women’s successes and highlights how much we can achieve together. We hope the day will spur Milton Keynes women on to enter Race for Life, where women unite in one cause, to help beat cancer. All women are welcome, regardless of whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group.

“It’s all of us versus cancer and we need women in Milton Keynes to join the fight as soon as possible.

“On the day when women around the globe highlight just how much we can achieve together, we want women of all ages to team up and enter their local event.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series which raises millions of pounds every year for life-saving research into 200 types of cancer.

Race for Life is non-competitive and women can choose whether to walk, jog or run the 5k or 10k route. Most are able to walk 5k in an hour. Women of all ages, shapes and sizes are welcome, regardless of whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group.

Race for Life is a powerful testament to how much women can achieve when they pull together for a common cause. It started as one event in 1994 in Battersea Park, London, with just 680 participants. But thanks to the support of women throughout Milton Keynes and the UK, it has grown. Over the last 18 years, an incredible six million participants across the UK have taken part and raised over £457 million to fund Cancer Research UK’s vital work.

Becky added: “Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research so money raised through Race for Life is crucial to the pioneering work of doctors, nurses and scientists on the front line in the battle against all 200 types of cancer.”

Race for Life in Milton Keynes takes place on Saturday, May 19 at the National Bowl. Organisers hope 5,400 women will enter and help hit a fundraising target of £396,186. Last year, 4,985 took part and raised an amazing £347,335.

For the second time Milton Keynes women will have the option to double their distance at the same venue by taking part in Race 10k. Milton Keynes is one of 35 venues across the UK where participants can choose to enter the traditional 5k Race for Life or select the Race 10k route when they register, without having to pay an additional entry fee.

To join Milton Keynes versus cancer, enter Race for Life 5k or 10k at www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.