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Thousands take on Race for Life in Pontefract

The Race for Life again proved popular. Picture by Allan McKenzie.
The Race for Life again proved popular. Picture by Allan McKenzie.

THOUSANDS of women united against cancer and took part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at Pontefract Park and Racecourse.

Women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes showed their incredible commitment to the cause as they took their place at the start line to help beat cancer sooner.

Now organisers of the 5k and 10k events are sending a heartfelt message of thanks to everyone who took part and all their supporters.

And they are asking them to make every step count by paying in their sponsorship money as soon as possible so that it can be used to fund life-saving research.

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 raises millions each year to find new ways to tackle cancer.

Emma Colbourne, Cancer Research UK’s Pontefract Events Manager, said: “Life-saving research is being funded right now thanks to people like the women of Pontefract who join the fight at Race for Life.

“By taking part and raising money, our participants play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into new, better treatments for patients in Pontefract and across the UK.

“We would like to thank everyone who took part in this year’s event.

“The atmosphere on the day was hugely moving - full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter - as people came together to remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived.

“Race for Life offers a unique opportunity for like-minded ladies to unite against a disease that affects us all in some way.

“Now we’re asking everyone who took part, and all their friends, family and colleagues who pledged to sponsor them for the race, to return the money they’ve raised as soon as possible.

“All the money raised - whether it’s £10 or £100 - will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.”

Sponsorship money can be paid online, by phone or by cheque.

You can also pay in money in person at any Cancer Research UK shop.