Running the Race for Life

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Women can still sign up for this year’s Cancer Research UK Race for Life in Pontefract.

More than 1,000 runners have already signed up for the races which will take place at Pontefract Racecourse on Sunday July 20.

A total of 1,062 participants have signed up to the 5k and 254 for the 10k.

But organisers are asking for more people to sign up before the deadline.

Sarah Threadgall, event manager said: “We are very grateful to the women who have already entered Race for Life in Pontefract.

“But we still have places left so we are urging women to sign up as soon as possible.

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

Miss Threadgall said: “Women of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of fitness can take part in Race for Life. But despite being from different backgrounds and walks of life they unite to take on the disease and beat it.”

She added: “Race for Life is not competitive and it’s not about being fit or fast.

“It’s about thousands of women coming together to show cancer who’s boss.”

One of the runners on the day will be breast cancer survivor Michelle Green.

The 37-year-old said: “I am keen to help raise awareness of breast cancer in younger women, as a lot of people still think it is something that mainly affects older women.”

Women taking part on the day can increase their contribution to Cancer Research UK’s work by doing a ‘wardrobe work-out’ before the 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 £30 for groundbreaking research.

Every participant receives a donation bag, along with a Gift Aid form, as part of their Race for Life entry pack.

By completing the form women can boost the value of their donation by an extra 25 per cent.

The closing date to enter Pontefract’s Race for Life is midnight on Friday July 18.

To enter go to or call 0845 600 6050.