Ladies of all shapes and ages urged to get together in a Race for Life
WOMEN and girls across Derbyshire are being encouraged to lace up their trainers and get running to sign up to this year's Race for Life.
Organisers are encouraging mums, grans, sisters and friends to take part in the event at Darley Park and help smash last year's fund-raising figure of £230,000.
The event, which takes place on Sunday July 14, is a 5km route which entrants can run, walk or jog.
Katie Martin, Cancer Research UK's Derby event manager, said: "Women of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of fitness take part in Race for Life.
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"They come from different backgrounds and walks of life but they are united by their absolute determination to take on cancer and beat it.
"Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease.
"Participants may be decked out in pink or fancy dress but what is inescapable is the power and strength that comes from thousands of women joining together to confront cancer."
Cancer Research UK's Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.
Katie added: "We know many women want to take part but are worried about completing the 5k course – but Race for Life is non-competitive.
"Taking part is about uniting against a disease that affects all of us."
Last year, 6,000 women took part in Race for Life in Derby and organisers want even more women to get involved this year to help raise funds for vital research.
Sara Smith, 36, took part in last year's race at Darley Park in memory of her mum, Glenys Mason, who died of bowel, lung and liver cancer in October 2009.
Despite being six months pregnant, Sara finished the race and has already signed up to take part in this year's event.
The mum-of-three, of Brookfield Way, Heanor, said: "I had already signed up to the event last before I fell pregnant. I made it round the track eventually!
"I really enjoyed it and I raised £150. I plan to do it every year – this will be my fourth time taking part."
Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK's doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the East Midlands.
There will be two races taking place on the day, at 10.30am and at 2.30pm.
The entry fee is £14.99 for adults and £10 for girls under 16.
To enter, visit www.racefor life.org or call 0845 600 6050.