Women urged to enter Race for Life

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WOMEN in Milton Keynes are being urged to grab their last chance to enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life with just over a week to go until registration closes for the event at the National Bowl.

2,850 women have already joined the fight against all cancers by entering the 5k and 10k women-only events on Saturday, May 19 and there are still places left.

Entry closes on Thursday 17th May and organisers are encouraging mums, daughters, grannies, sisters, friends and workmates who want to take part to enter as soon as possible at www.raceforlife.org

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an amazing women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year for life-saving research into 200 types of cancer – helping men, women and children across the South East survive.

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

Becky Ryczowski, Event Manager for Race for Life in Milton Keynes, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that so many women have entered Race for Life in Milton Keynes. Together, they will help us create a fantastic atmosphere on the day and raise crucial funds to help beat cancer.

“But we don’t want anyone to miss out. We still have places left for the Milton Keynes events but we are reminding women who want to take part at this venue that they must enter as soon as possible, before registration closes.

“Please enter Race for Life in Milton Keynes today. The battle against cancer never stops so we need you to sign up now and start raising money for ground-breaking research to help save more lives.”

In 2011, 4,985 women took part in Race for Life in Milton Keynes and helped raise an incredible £347,335 for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. This year, Cancer Research UK hopes the 2,850 who have entered will hit a fundraising target of £369,000.

Becky continued: “Women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes take part in Race for Life. They motivate and inspire each other to complete the course. Many simply walk round, chatting and having fun but they all share the wonderful atmosphere.”

Women can boost their contribution to Cancer Research UK’s work by doing a ‘wardrobe work-out’ before their event. The charity is encouraging them to sort out and bag up hidden treasures such as quality clothes, books and accessories they no longer use and take them to the Donation Station at Race for Life.  Each bag of goods could help raise as much as an extra £30 for life-saving research.

Every participant receives a donation bag, along with a Gift Aid form, as part of their Race for Life entry pack. Just by completing the form and popping it in their bag, women can boost the value of their donation by an extra 25 per cent.

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 who are fighting cancer on all fronts.

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 women 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.

Women in Milton Keynes can enter the 5k and 10k Race for Life events at www.raceforlife.org or by calling 0871 641 1111.