MORE than 6,000 women have already signed up to take part in this year’s Race for Life through Sheffield - but organisers are desperate for more to show their support with hundreds of places still left to be filled.
Organisers have said recruitment for this year’s race, the first of its kind to take place through the city centre as opposed to around Don Valley Stadium and Attercliffe, is significantly lower than expected.
Last year 9,099 women took part in the Sheffield event and raised an incredible £403,000. In 2011 representatives from Cancer Research UK hope 10,000 women will put their best feet forward and help raise £514,000 to help beat cancer.
Emily Thompson, Race for Life event manager in Sheffield, said: “We are very grateful to all the women who have already entered Race for Life in Sheffield but we urgently need many more.
“With less than two weeks to go until the event day, there are still many places to fill.
“We are appealing to Sheffield’s ‘missing’ women. We hope they will hear our plea and register as soon as possible. We need them to step forward and be counted.
“Together, they will help us create a fantastic atmosphere on the day and every step they take will help doctors, nurses and scientists take major strides forward in research.”
The 5km event will be run on Sunday, July 3, following a route that takes in all key areas of the city centre.
All money raised will go towards the charity’s work supporting scientists, doctors and nurses who are dedicated to beating cancer by understanding its causes and investigating how best to prevent, diagnose and treat it.
Emily added: “Race for Life is not a competitive event. It’s about women of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels coming together to ‘join the girls’ and help beat cancer.
“Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour. And in that same amount of time around three people will be diagnosed with cancer in the Yorkshire and the Humber. So we are urging mums, grans, daughters, sisters, friends and work-mates to enter as soon as possible.”
Visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 6411111.