Race For Life launches in Cheshire

Cheshire women are being urged to play dirty in the fight against cancer by signing up now for a brand new event from Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Cheshire has been chosen to host Race for Life Pretty Muddy for the first time at Cholmondeley Castle on Saturday 21 July.

Pretty Muddy is a women-only, non-competitive 5k muddy obstacle course - that women of any fitness level can climb over, crawl under and charge through.

By signing up right now, ladies in Cheshire will be playing their part in beating cancer. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life family of events also includes the Race for Life 5k/10k & half marathon courses, which thousands of women will take on at Cholmondeley Castle on Sunday 22 July to raise money for life-saving research.

Polly O’Gorman, Cancer Research UK’s Cheshire Event Manager, said: “We can’t wait to bring Race for Life Pretty Muddy to Cholmondeley Castle for the very first time.

“If you haven’t taken part of one of our events before, Pretty Muddy offers the perfect way to get involved. That’s because by taking part and raising money, participants can make a real difference in the fight against cancer by helping to fund crucial research. By limbering up and mucking in, local women will be uniting against a disease that affects us all in some way.”

Polly added: “Pretty Muddy has the same fun and inclusive atmosphere of our much loved 5k events - but with added mud, thrills and spills. Race for Life events are not competitive and women can complete the Pretty Muddy course at their own pace - wading their way round or making a big splash at the finish.”

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Half Marathon and Hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding crucial research.

Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend over £28 million last year in the North-West & North Wales on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research - helping more men, women and children survive.

Dr Áine McCarthy, Cancer Research UK’s Senior Science Communications Officer, said: “Signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a great opportunity for women looking to kick-start a healthier lifestyle. Being regularly active has long-term health benefits, as research shows that even moderate physical activity can help reduce the risk of cancer. Brisk walking counts - anything that gets you warm and a little out of breath.

“By taking part and raising money, women in Cheshire will also be supporting our scientists and researchers to make vital strides forward in research. There are over 200 types of cancer and we need continued investment in research to help us find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat them all.”

To enter Race for Life today visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

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