25 VENUES IN 25 HOURS CHALLENGE TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF RACE FOR LIFE

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CANCER Research UK’s Race for Life team is celebrating quarter of a century of the popular fundraiser by aiming to visit all 25 race locations in the North West and North Wales – including Rhyl Arena, Rhyl – in 25 hours.

Race for Life started as one event in 1994 at London’s Battersea Park with 680 participants and since then more than nine million women have taken part, raising over £820million to fund Cancer
Research UK’s vital work. Race for Life Rhyl Arena, Rhyl first started in 1996.

Every day, more than 110 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West & North Wales.

And that’s why Cancer Research UK is calling on women all over the North West & North Wales to fight back against this devastating disease by entering Race for Life 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Pretty Muddy or Hike.

Starting at Coniston, Cumbria, at 05:00am on Wednesday 21 March, the team will travel via Lancashire, Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire and hopes to finish the journey in Caernarfon in the early hours of Thursday morning, after visiting many North West & North Wales locations including: Penrith, Wigan, Wirral, Preston, Wrexham and Oldham along the way.

Polly O’Gorman, Cancer Research UK’s North West & North Wales Event Manager, said: “We’re really excited about the challenge and we can’t wait to showcase all our amazing venues.

“We hope we can persuade as many women to sign up to Race for Life as possible.

“Race for Life events are non-competitive and participants can choose to walk, jog or run around the course. Whether they’re planning a 5k stroll, a 10k sprint or a muddy splash around the Pretty Muddy course, every step women take will help to support life-saving research.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding life-saving research.

Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. But more funds and more supporters are needed to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend over £28 million last year in the North West & North Wales on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research – helping more men, women and children survive.

Polly added: “Pledging to take part in Race for Life is a great incentive for women to pull on their trainers and join thousands of ladies across the UK who are coming together in the fight against cancer. Money raised is helping to drive research to help beat over 200 different types of cancer – so every person, step and penny raised makes a real difference.

“People can follow our journey on twitter using #RaceforLife25in25, and tell as many people as possible about our challenge.’’

The team hopes to arrive at Rhyl Arena the Race for Life venue in Rhyl at approximately 12:45am during the early hours of Thursday 22 March.

To enter Race for Life today go to raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770. 

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For press enquiries or to set up a photo, please contact Polly O’Gorman, Race for Life Event Manager, on mobile 07831556910.

Photos of the team at each location will be available after the event.

If signal is bad at locations and you can’t get in touch with Polly, please contact Alison Barbuti, Press Officer, on 07467337109 or email alison.barbuti@cancer.org.uk.

Notes to Editors 

  • *Approximation based on annual average figure of around 41,700 cases of all cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) diagnosed between 2012-2014 in the North West & North Wales Region.

About Race for Life 

  • Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Half Marathon and Hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.
  • Race for Life is the UK’s largest fundraising event series with over 380 events around the UK.
  • Women and girls of all ages and abilities from all over the UK join together to raise money to help beat over 200 types of cancer affecting men, women and children.
  • In 2018, Cancer Research UK hopes to recruit 400,000 women and raise £38m to help fund life-saving work.
  • Race for Life started as one event in 1994 at Battersea Park with 680 participants.

About Race for Life Pretty Muddy, Hike and Half Marathon

  • Pretty Muddy, Pretty Muddy Kids, Race Hike and Race Half Marathon are additions to the Race for Life family of events which also includes the much-loved 5k and 10k events.
  • Pretty Muddy is a women-only, non-competitive 5k and 10k muddy obstacle course. The event is open to women and girls over 13, of all fitness levels.
  • The entry fee is £19.99 for adults and £10 for girls under 16. This covers the cost of staging the event series and means that money raised in sponsorship can go to help beat cancer.
  • Pretty Muddy Kids is a new exciting obstacle course designed just for children – with added mud, thrills and spills.
  • The entry fee for Pretty Muddy Kids is £10.00. The event is open to boys and girls aged from 5 to 12 years old and there is a minimum height requirement of 1.2m. All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult, who have free entry to the event.
  • Race for Life Hike events are one-day, long distance walking challenges taking place at iconic locations across the UK. The entry fee is £30.00.
  • Race for Life Half Marathon is 13.1 miles (or 21k) and participants can choose to run, jog or walk around the course. The entry fee is £29.99.

About Cancer Research UK

  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
  • Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
  • Cancer Research UK receives no funding from the UK government for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on vital donations from the public.
  • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years.
  • Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive their cancer for at least 10 years.
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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