Under starter’s orders

St Helens Race for Life at Haydock Park Racecourse.'The Morris family ltr Michelle, Karen, Cheryl, and Tracey Morris and Anne Ryan
St Helens Race for Life at Haydock Park Racecourse.'The Morris family ltr Michelle, Karen, Cheryl, and Tracey Morris and Anne Ryan

WOMEN across St Helens are being urged to sign up for this year’s Race For Life.

The annual Cancer Research fundraiser will be held at Haydock Park Racecourse on Sunday, June 17 and is expected to attract up to 2,000 participants.

Debbie McConnell, Cancer Research UK’s North West events manager, said: “Come on ladies – please enter Race for Life at Haydock Park Racecourse today! It’s all of us versus cancer and we need you to join the fight as soon as possible.”

Last year’s Haydock Park event raised £118,145 and attracted 2,249 women. And organisers are hoping to top that figure year, setting an ambition target of more than 2,500 runners.

Race For Life is a women-only event to raise fund for Cancer Research. All cash donated goes to life-saving research into 200 types of cancer.

The events are non-competitive and women can choose whether to walk, jog or run the 5K route.

Debbie added: “We know many women want to take part in Race for Life but are worried they won’t be able to complete the course.

“We want to reassure them that Race for Life is not about being fast or fit.

“Instead, it’s a celebration of sisterhood and hope.

“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.”

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research.

Debbie added: “We are very grateful to everyone who took part in Race for Life at Haydock Park Racecourse last year and in the past. ”

To join Haydock Park versus cancer, enter Race for Life at www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.

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