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Time to Play Dirty

January 22, 2018

CUMBRIAN women are being urged to play dirty in the fight against cancer by signing up now for brand new events from Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.  

This January (1-31 January), Penrith women are being offered 30% off entry fees for Race for Life 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Pretty Muddy Kids, Half Marathon and Hike events.

The county has been chosen to host Race for Life Pretty Muddy for the first time at Lowther Castle on Saturday 9 June, with Race for Life 5k and 10k on Sunday 10 June. Alongside a new Race for Life Hike event starting in Coniston on Saturday 19 May.

There are also events at Binks Park, Carlisle on 15th July (5k, 10K and Pretty Muddy) and Hike starting at Lanercost Priory on 9th June taking in Hadrian’s Wall,

Pretty Muddy is a women-only, non-competitive 5k muddy obstacle course - that women of any fitness level can climb over, crawl under and charge through.

By signing up right now, ladies in Cumbria will be playing their part in beating cancer. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life family of events also includes the 5k and 10k courses and our new Hike events, which hundreds of women will take on throughout Cumbria to raise money for life-saving research.

Laura Taylor, Cancer Research UK’s Cumbria Event Manager, said: “For those looking to make a resolution to remember this January, signing up to Pretty Muddy, 5k or 10k offers the perfect solution. That’s because by taking part and raising money, participants can make a real difference in the fight against cancer by helping to fund crucial research. By limbering up and mucking in, local women will be uniting against a disease that affects us all in some way.”

Laura added: “Pretty Muddy has the same fun and inclusive atmosphere of our much loved 5k and 10k events - but with added mud, thrills and spills. Race for Life events are not competitive and women can complete the Pretty Muddy course at their own pace - wading their way round or making a big splash at the finish. It’s the perfect challenge for those looking to kick-start their new year and get more active in 2018.”

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

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

Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend over £28 million last year in the North West on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research - helping more men, women and children survive.

Dr Áine McCarthy, Cancer Research UK’s Senior Science Communications Officer, said: “Signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a great opportunity for women looking to kick-start a healthier lifestyle. Being regularly active has long-term health benefits, as research shows that even moderate physical activity can help reduce the risk of cancer. Brisk walking counts - anything that gets you warm and a little out of breath.

“By taking part and raising money, women in Cumbria will also be supporting our scientists and researchers to make vital strides forward in research. There are over 200 types of cancer and we need continued investment in research to help us find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat them all.”

To enter Race for Life today visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770. Get 30% off in January using code RACE30 

THE YEAR TO VOLUNTEER - PENRITH RACE FOR LIFE NEEDS YOU!

PEOPLE in Penrith who are looking to make a resolution with a difference, and connect with their local community, are being urged to volunteer at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

By signing up to Race for Life’s volunteer team, and joining the fight against cancer,Penrith’s men and women will be playing a crucial part in beating this devastating disease.

As the countdown starts to the 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events at Lowther Castle on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June, organisers are calling on people to sign up as helpers at raceforlife.org


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Laura Taylor, Cancer Research UK’s Penrith Event Manager, said: “This New Year, why not make a pledge to make a difference. Whatever time and skills you have to share, we’ve got the perfect role for you and there is training available on the day. The atmosphere promises to be electric as people from all walks of life unite in the fight against cancer. We’re calling on local men and women to get stuck in, cheer as loud as they can and help motivate our inspirational participants all the way to the finish line.”

Race for Life events in the North West:

5k Events

Penrith – Sunday 10th June

Preston – Sunday 17th June

Blackpool – Wednesday 4th July

Carlisle – Sunday 15th July

10k Events

Penrith – Sunday 10th June

Preston – Sunday 17th June

Blackpool – Wednesday 4th July

Carlisle – Sunday 15th July

 Pretty Muddy Events

Penrith – Saturday 9th June

Preston – Saturday 16th June

Blackpool – Saturday 22nd September

Carlisle – Sunday 15th July

Hike Events

Lake District – Saturday 19th May

Hadrian’s Wall – 9th June