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York's Race For Life

Jenny Murgatroyd Race For Life 070313

6:00am 2nd June 2013

York women are coming together today to make a stand against cancer by running Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Cancer Research say that every hour, around three people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire & the Humber.

So women and girls of all ages, shapes and sizes have been asked to join together as a formidable army and take on cancer at York Racecourse, The Knavesmire today Sunday 2nd June!

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 Cancer Research UK’s Yorkshire Events Manager, said: “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. Cancer, York is coming to get you.”

Last year, 2851 women took part in Race for Life in York and raised a fantastic £154,000. This year, organisers are hoping 3,000 women and girls will stride out to help raise £265,000 for vital research.

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 Yorkshire and Humber.

Jenny Continued: “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 cancer and beat it. 

“Race for Life is non-competitive.  It’s not about being fit or fast.  Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun. Or they can choose to jog, run or even dance around the course if they prefer.

“There is also the return of the 10K event which will run simultaneously for those women who are looking for a bigger challenge.”

“Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease. Participants may be decked out in pink or fancy dress but what’s inescapable is the power and strength that comes from thousands of women joining together to confront cancer.

Don’t be fooled by the tutus and tiaras. York Race for Life is cancer’s worst nightmare.”

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.

Jenny added: “We are very grateful to everyone who took part in Race for Life in York last year and in the past.  Thanks to them Cancer Research UK has been able to make progress against many forms of the disease. But the battle against cancer never stops and for this reason we need everyone to return to the fight in 2013 and bring new recruits with them.”

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