Cancer Research UK is bringing its popular Race For Life events back to the borough - and men are being invited to take part for the first time.
The dates have been announced for the return of the annual 5k events, which will take place at Haigh Woodland Park on Wednesday May 22 and Pennington Flash on Sunday June 2.
This year, for the first time, Cancer Research UK is inviting everyone in the area – including men - to join the Race For Life.
Kirsti Thompson, Cancer Research UK’s Wigan and Leigh event manager, said: “Our Race For Life events have been women-only since they started, over 25 years ago. But we now feel the time is right to open them up so that everyone - women, men and children – has the chance to participate together.
“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime. Sadly, this means nearly everyone is touched by the disease, either directly or through a loved one or friend.
“To make a significant difference in the fight against cancer we need to harness as much energy and commitment as possible – so what better way than involving everyone in the community in our events.”
People across the borough are being urged to sign up now and as an added incentive, the charity is offering 30 per cent off entry fees during January with the code RFL30.
The events are open to people of all ages and abilities.
Kirsti said: “Our Race For Life events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. They help people with cancer by raising money for research, including clinical trials which give patients in Greater Manchester access to the latest treatments.
“You don’t have to be sporty to take part. You don’t need to train or compete against anyone else. All you need to do is go to the Race For Life website, pick an event, sign up and then have fun raising money in whatever way you like.”
Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life series sees 5k and 10k events held around the country, as well as Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events.
They raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.
Kirsti said: “The Race For Life is a powerful, inspirational movement which unites participants in Wigan and Leigh with people across the North West and the whole of the UK.
“Taking part in our Race For Life events enables like-minded people to get together and remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those who have survived. At the same time, they are helping to make a difference to people with cancer, right now.”
To enter Race For Life, visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.