Muddy brilliant! Sign up now for new Cancer Research Race for Life event coming to Northampton

151543-135_MUDDY_03/10/2015''Race for Life Pretty Muddy a 5k muddy obstacle course on Southsea Common, Southsea, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151543-135) PPP-150310-201023006

151543-135_MUDDY_03/10/2015''Race for Life Pretty Muddy a 5k muddy obstacle course on Southsea Common, Southsea, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151543-135) PPP-150310-201023006

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Northampton women are being urged to fight dirty when it comes to conquering cancer - by signing up now for a new event from Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

The town has been chosen to host Race for Life Pretty Muddy for the first time at Abington Park on Saturday, June 4.

151543-123_MUDDY_03/10/2015''Race for Life Pretty Muddy a 5k muddy obstacle course on Southsea Common, Southsea, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151543-123) PPP-150310-200951006

151543-123_MUDDY_03/10/2015''Race for Life Pretty Muddy a 5k muddy obstacle course on Southsea Common, Southsea, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151543-123) PPP-150310-200951006

Pretty Muddy is a women-only, non-competitive 5k obstacle course – with added mud.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life family of events also includes the 5k and 10k courses, which thousands of women will take on at the same venue on Sunday June 5 to raise money for life-saving research.

Simon Burley, Cancer Research UK’s local event manager, said: “We’re so excited about launching Race for Life Pretty Muddy in Northampton. The event is taking place in the town for the first time and we’re calling on local ladies to muck in to make it a huge success. We’ve no doubt that they’ve got the fighting spirit to get down and dirty in the bid to beat cancer sooner.

“Pretty Muddy has all the fun and camaraderie of our much loved 5k and 10k events – with an opportunity to mess about in mud.

151543-083_MUDDY_03/10/2015''Race for Life Pretty Muddy a 5k muddy obstacle course on Southsea Common, Southsea, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151543-083) PPP-150310-200926006

151543-083_MUDDY_03/10/2015''Race for Life Pretty Muddy a 5k muddy obstacle course on Southsea Common, Southsea, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151543-083) PPP-150310-200926006

“Race for Life events are not competitive. They are not about being fit or fast. Women can complete the Pretty Muddy course at their own pace, climbing, jumping, walking and laughing their way around. It’s about an army of women coming together in the fight against cancer.”

Mr Burley added: “But for women who want to push themselves to get a bit fitter in the year ahead, signing up now and planning to raise money for life-saving research could prove more of an incentive than the traditional New Year’s resolution to shift the post-Christmas pounds. This is a great opportunity to be stronger, braver and pinker in 2016.”

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

Last year, 4178 women took part in Race for Life in Northampton and raised a fantastic £245,915. This year, organisers need 5714 women and girls to stride out to help raise £295,000.

Money raised through Race for Life 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 Northamptonshire and the UK.

Mr Burley said: “We’re calling on the brave ladies of Northampton to harness their fighting spirit once more and really show cancer who’s boss.

“Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate everyone we love who has survived cancer. It’s also an emotional and moving way to pay tribute to those dear to us whose lives have been cut short by the disease.

“Our participants make Race for Life a truly uplifting, inspiring experience. That’s why we’re calling on women of all ages to sign up now to their event in Northampton and pledge to stand together, shoulder to shoulder, on the front line against cancer. Together, we can unleash a powerful fighting spirit to stop cancer in its tracks.”

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