Race For Life organisers appeal to women in Northamptonshire to get in training for charity event

Race 4 Life in Reading 2014'5k and 10k events'Photography by Danny Fitzpatrick / DFphotography.co.uk
Race 4 Life in Reading 2014'5k and 10k events'Photography by Danny Fitzpatrick / DFphotography.co.uk

Northampton women fired up by the arrival of spring are being urged to channel their energy into training for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Now the lighter evenings are here, and with warmer weather on its way, women of all ages, shapes and sizes have the perfect opportunity to kick-start a healthier lifestyle by preparing for their 5k or 10k Race for Life event.

By taking on Race for Life, and encouraging their mums, daughters, sisters and friends to join them, participants can improve their fitness as well as help to raise money for life-saving research.

Becoming more active has longer-term benefits, as research shows that even regular, moderate physical activity can help reduce the risk of cancer. Not only does it help to maintain a healthy body weight but it also has a protective effect in itself.

And that’s why Cancer Research UK is calling on women in Northampton to get moving, lace up their trainers and sign up now for the 10k and 5k events on Sunday 7 June at Abington Park.

Michelle Leighton, Cancer Research UK’s Northampton Event Manager, said: “Race for Life events are not competitive. They are not about being fit or fast. It’s about an army of women crossing the finish line together in the fight against cancer.

“Whether you’re a running pro or novice, every step you take around the course will help bring us one step closer to the day when all cancers are cured.

“The atmosphere is incredibly supportive and pledging to take part, alongside thousands of like-minded women, is a great motivation. With fire in their bellies and trainers at the ready, we know that Northampton ladies are up for the challenge.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Marathon events which raises millions of pounds every year to fund research to help beat 200 types of cancer.

Last year, 4831 women took part in Race for Life in Northampton and raised a fantastic £271,083. This year, organisers need 4,900 women and girls to rally together to help raise £275,000 for vital research.

Free training plans for different levels of ability are available on the Race for Life website. The six-week training plans are designed for walkers, joggers or runners. They feature guidance on warming up and stretching, as well as motivation.

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