AS MOTHER’S Day approaches (March 6), Sherborne mums and daughters are being invited to spend quality time together by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at Sherborne Castle.
By committing to walk, jog, run and charge their way around the course, mums and daughters will be investing time in creating precious memories together.
One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. So by getting sponsored to help fund life-saving research, participants will be helping more people survive so they in turn can enjoy more precious moments with their loved ones.
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 fund life-saving research.
This year, Race for Life 5k takes place on Sunday, June 19.
Maxine Bateman, Race for Life event manager for Sherborne, said: “We are urging women in Sherborne to give their mums a special gift this Mother’s Day, by signing up to Race for Life together. The feel-good factor that comes from being part of an army of women ready to show cancer who’s boss will last long after the event is over.
“Race for Life events are not competitive. Taking part is not about being fit or fast and participants can choose to walk, jog, run, or even dance around the course if they prefer.
“Pledging to take part in Race for Life, alongside thousands of like minded women, is incredibly motivating. The atmosphere at the events is full of emotion. Participants wear signs on their backs declaring their reasons for taking part. Many will be remembering loved ones lost to cancer or celebrating the lives of people dear to them who have survived.”
Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. However, every day, 91 people are diagnosed with cancer in the South West* meaning more funds and more supporters are needed to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
Last year, 1680 women in Sherborne pulled on their trainers and put their heart and soul into raising over £85,000 for life-saving research.
This year, organisers need more women and girls to stride out to help raise even more vital funds to help save more lives.
Maxine added: “Mother’s Day is the special occasion when we acknowledge that universal truth – it’s mums who make the world go round!
“We all know how determined mothers can be when they really make up their minds to do something. And we want to channel that power and energy into a unique force that will help conquer cancer sooner. That’s why we need mums and daughters to join together and enter Race for Life today.”
*All cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) annual average 2011-2013 in the South West Region.
Race for Life events in South West
5k Events in South West
Dorchester: 5k on Sunday 22 May at 11:00am at Kingston Maurward College
Salisbury: 5k on Sunday 12 July at 11:00am at Hudson’s Field
Taunton: 5k on Sunday 17 July at 11:00am at Somerset College
10k Events in South West
Salisbury: 10k on Sunday 12 July at 11:00am at Hudson’s Field
About Race for Life
- 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 defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.
- Race for Life is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series with over 300 events around the UK from May to the end of September.
- Women and girls of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes from all over the UK join together to walk, jog or run to raise money to help beat over 200 types of cancer affecting men, women and children. All women are welcome, regardless of whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group.
- It’s easy to take part and raise money as a group, with the introduction of a simple to use online group entry process.
- In 2016, Cancer Research UK hopes to recruit 554,000 women and raise £55m to help fund life-saving work.
- Women who sign up for 5k and 10k events in January can benefit from a specially reduced fee of £10.00.
- The normal entry fee for the 5k and 10k events is £14.99 for adults and £10 for girls under 16. This covers the costs of staging the event series and means that money raised in sponsorship can go to help beat cancer.
- Race for Life started as one event in 1994 at Battersea Park with 680 participants.
About Race for Life Pretty Muddy
- Pretty Muddy is a new addition to the Race for Life family of events which also includes the much-loved 5k and 10k events.
- There will be 65 Pretty Muddy events across the UK.
- Pretty Muddy is a women-only, non-competitive 5k obstacle course – with mud.
- Open to women and girls over 13, of all fitness levels, Pretty Muddy isn’t about blood, sweat and tears – it’s about fun, friendship and fundraising to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
- Each Pretty Muddy event will have 8-10 obstacles, plus a few surprises in between. There will be a combination of messy and muddy obstacles, climbing obstacles and crawling obstacles.
- The entry fee is £19.99 for adults and £10 for girls under 16. This covers the costs of staging the event series and means that money raised in sponsorship can go to help beat cancer.
- Participants with pre-existing medical conditions are advised to seek advice from their doctor before registering.
Cancer Research UK
- Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
- Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
- Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.
- Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.
- Today, 2 in 4 people survive cancer. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that 3 in 4 people will survive cancer within the next 20 years.
- Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
- Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.