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Women in York Urged to Sign Up to Race for Life


4:48pm 16th May 2013

Women in York are being urged to grab their last chance to enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at York Racecourse, the Knavesmire as there are just two weeks left until registration closes.

2645 women have already joined the formidable army who are ready to take on cancer on Sunday 2nd June.

Entry closes on 29th May and organisers are encouraging mums, daughters, grannies, sisters, friends and workmates who want to take part in the 5k and 10k women-only events to sign up as soon possible at

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.

Jenny Murgatroyd Event Manager for Race for Life in Yorkshire said: “We are absolutely thrilled that so many women have entered Race for Life in York But we still have places left so we are urging women to sign up as soon as possible.”

In 2012, 2851 women took part in Race for Life in York and helped raise an incredible £154,000 for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. This year, the charity hopes those who have entered will help hit a fundraising target of £265,000

By raising money through Race for Life, people in the city are helping Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists make advances in research which will help more men, women and children survive.

Women of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of fitness take part in Race for Life. They come from different backgrounds and walks of life but they are united by their absolute determination to take on the disease and beat it.

Jenny continued: “Race for Life is non-competitive. So there’s no need to worry about being fit or fast. It doesn’t matter if you walk, jog or even dance your way around the course.

“There are over 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all. It’s fighting talk, and we mean every word we say.”

Women can boost their contribution to Cancer Research UK’s work by doing a ‘wardrobe work-out’ before their event. The charity is encouraging them to sort out and bag up hidden treasures such as quality clothes, books and accessories they no longer use and take them to the Donation Station at Race for Life. Each bag of goods could help raise up to £25 for groundbreaking research.

Every participant receives a donation bag, along with a Gift Aid form, as part of their Race for Life entry pack. Just by completing the form and popping it in their bag, women can boost the value of their donation by an extra 25 per cent.

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research but with help from the people of York, the charity intends to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Enter Race for Life at or by calling 0845 600 6050.

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