Call for Leeds ladies to help fight cancer through 2015 Race for Life

Ladies limber up before taking part in Race for Life 2014 at Temple Newsam. Picture by Tony Johnson.
Ladies limber up before taking part in Race for Life 2014 at Temple Newsam. Picture by Tony Johnson.
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Thousands of female fundraisers are being urged to take up the Race for Life challenge in aid of Cancer Research UK this year.

Applications are now open for the mass participation event which is held at Temple Newsam over the weekend of May 30 and 31 and last year raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.

Race for Life 2014 at Temple Newsam. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Race for Life 2014 at Temple Newsam. Picture by Tony Johnson.

The fundraising weekend allows women of all ages and abilities to take part in Race for Life’s 5km or 10km non-competitive fun runs or take on the Pretty Muddy obstacle course.

This year organisers are hoping around 5,200 women and girls will stride out to help raise more than £270,000 for vital research into the causes, diagnosis and treatments of cancer.

Philippa Sharpe, Cancer Research UK’s Leeds event manager, said: “If you’re looking for an opportunity to get a little or a lot more active in 2015, this is the time to enter to Race for Life.

“With fire in their bellies and trainers at the ready, we know that Leeds ladies are up for the challenge.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, which is run in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year.

The money raised 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 Yorkshire and beyond. Every hour, more than three people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire.

Ms Sharpe added: “We’re calling on the brave ladies of Leeds to show their fighting spirit once more and take on cancer at this year’s event.

“Race for Life celebrates everyone who is with us and honours those who have lost their lives to cancer.

“The atmosphere is electric, our participants are so inspiring and we’re calling on the women of Leeds to help make 2015 our best year yet.”

To enter Race for Life and for further information visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 1230770.

HOW LEEDS IS AT THE HEART OF RESEARCH

Cancer Research UK spends nearly £6million every year in Leeds.

Partnership work with the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust means researchers can work faster to beat cancer sooner.

In Leeds researchers are mainly focusing on bowel, urological, blood and skin cancers, and brain tumours. They have particular expertise in immunotherapy, virus therapy and radiotherapy for treating patients.

The work has already made a difference. Researchers in Leeds identified a new fault in DNA that can increase the risk of developing melanoma skin cancer cells for example.

For more on the work the charity supports, visit www.cancerresearchuk.org.

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