THE race is on! At least 7,000 women are needed to join Sheffield’s Race for Life this summer, to help wage a battle against cancer.
The Star-backed event, which will turn the city centre pink from 9am on Sunday, July 15, is organised by Cancer Research UK to raise £320,000 for its life-saving research into cancer cures.
Last year 6,380 women and girls ran, jogged or walked the 5km route starting on Arundel Gate.
This year the charity wants more than 7,000 to take part.
The Cancer Research UK team visited Meadowhall yesterday - accompanied by the Sheffield United and Sheffield Steelers team mascots - urging women to sign up.
Nicola Jones, Cancer Research UK’s event manager for Sheffield, said: “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 Yorkshire will be diagnosed with cancer. We want to encourage women of all ages, shapes and sizes to enter Race for Life.
“It’s all of us versus cancer - and we need women to join the fight as soon as possible.”
Jeremy Clifford, Editor of The Star, said: “This is a fantastic event, raising money for a really important cause.
“I’d urge the women of Sheffield to sign up - and the men of this city to give them their support.
“Let’s try to make sure Sheffield is turned into a sea of pink on Sunday, July 15.”
Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding, so sponsorship money raised through Race for Life is crucial to the work of doctors, nurses and scientists fighting cancer on all fronts.
Other Race for Life events take part in Rotherham and Chesterfield on June 17, Doncaster on June 24, and Clumber Park on June 21 and 22.
n To join the fight against cancer, sign up for the Race for Life event at www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.