RACE FOR LIFE: Sign up to turn Sheffield pink

Sheffield Race for Life 2011 taking part around Sheffield City Centre with the start/finish line on Arundel Gate. Runners wait for the race to start
Sheffield Race for Life 2011 taking part around Sheffield City Centre with the start/finish line on Arundel Gate. Runners wait for the race to start
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THE search is on for 7,000 Sheffield women to join the fight against cancer.

Entries are now open for this year’s Sheffield Race for Life, which will turn the city centre pink on July 15.

The Star-backed event, organised by Cancer Research UK to raise money for their vital work, generated £304,390 last year, when 6,380 pounded the streets.

In 2012 the charity is hoping to raise even more funds, with a target of £320,000.

Event organisers are urging 7,000 mums, daughters, sisters, grandmas and friends to sign up as soon as possible.

Nicola Jones, Cancer Research UK’s Yorkshire and the Humber events manager, said: “Come on ladies – please enter Race for Life in Sheffield today!

“It’s all of us versus cancer and we need you to join the fight as soon as possible.”

Race for Life takes place across the country each summer, raising millions of pounds for life-saving research into 200 types of cancer.

Women who take part in the event, which starts on Arundel Gate, can choose whether to walk, jog or run the 5km route.

Women and girls of all ages, shapes and sizes are needed to join forces for the event, regardless of whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group.

Nicola 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 5km in an hour while chatting and having fun.

“The really startling fact is that in the same period of time, around three people in the Yorkshire will be diagnosed with cancer.

“We are very grateful to everyone who took part in Race for Life in Sheffield last year and in the past. Thanks to them Cancer Research UK has been able to fund much-needed research.

“But the battle against cancer never stops and for this reason we need them to return to the fight in 2012 and bring new recruits with them.”

n Sign-up for Race for Life at www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111. Entry costs £14.99 for adults and £10 for under-16s. The fee covers the costs of staging the event and means money raised in sponsorship can go straight to research.