WIGAN women are being urged to join the fight against cancer by taking part in Race for Life.
Event organisers are encouraging mums, daughters, sisters, grandmas and friends to sign up as soon as possible for the event which will take place at either Haigh Hall on Sunday, May 20, or Pennington Flash on June 10.
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in partnership with Tesco raises millions of pounds every year for life-saving research into 200 types of cancer – helping men, women and children across the North West survive.
Traditionally Wigan is one of the most popular events in the country and is usually among the first to fill so, up if you are thinking about entering you need to hurry up.
Participants do not have to be finely-honed athletes. Women can choose whether to walk, jog or run the 5k route.
All women are welcome, regardless of whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group.
Laura Taylor, Cancer Research UK’s North West events manager, said: “Come on ladies – please enter Race for Life in Wigan today.
“It is all of us versus cancer and we need you to join the fight as soon as possible.”
Such has been the local enthusiasm and generosity that Wigan’s event is often one of the first to be fully subscribed. Last year, 1,500 women took part in Race for Life Wigan and raised a whopping £80,000.
This year, organisers want the same number of women and girls, again, to sign up to the event and help top last year’s total by at least £5,000 for vital research.
They say that uniting women across Wigan can make a stand against cancer - a disease which affects 36,100 people in the North West every year.
Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its ground-breaking work. So money raised through Race for Life is crucial to the pioneering research of doctors, nurses and scientists who are fighting cancer on all fronts.
Laura said: “Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun.
“The really startling fact is that in the same period of time, around four people in the North West will be diagnosed with cancer.
“We are very grateful to everyone who took part in Race for Life in Wigan last year and in the past.
“Thanks to them Cancer Research UK has been able to fund much-needed research. But the battle against cancer never stops and for this reason we need them to return to the fight in 2012 and bring new recruits with them.”
Enter Race for Life at www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.