RACE for Life has become a bit of an institution across the whole of the UK.
And this year’s Gloucester event is going to be bigger and better than ever.
Inspirational women from across the city and beyond will come together to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
And for the first time, Gloucester is hosting a 10k run alongside the usual 5k.
Every hour, more than three people are diagnosed with cancer in the South West and that’s why Cancer Research UK is calling on Gloucester women of all ages, shapes and sizes, to defy this dreadful disease.
Amanda Westlake, from Brockworth, will be among the many taking part.
She said: “I took part last year because I was going through breast cancer, I was diagnosed in August 2012. It was such a shock but I went through chemotherapy and radiotherapy and was given the all clear in October last year.
“At the same time I was diagnosed, I knew two or three people who had the same illness but did not survive. It is so important to raise awareness because they reckon one in three have cancer. Everybody knows someone who has it. My friends helped me through the run last year. I will be taking part again in the 5k.”
Event organisers are issuing the rallying cry “cancer, we’re coming to get you” and urging women to sign up as soon as possible.
The Race for Life, which runs in partnership with Tesco, raises millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.
Kelly Rumble, Cancer Research UK’s South West events manager, said: “We’re calling on Gloucester’s mighty mums, gutsy grans, feisty friends and go-getting girls to join our formidable army and take on cancer at this year’s Race for Life.
“We know how committed Gloucester women can be when they really make up their minds to do something. We want to harness that power to stop cancer in its tracks, by raising money for life-saving research.”
Last year, 1,775 women took part in Race for Life in Gloucester and raised £92,516.
It is hoped that this year’s event, in Gloucester Park on Sunday June 22, will attract 2,000 women and girls to help raise £108,963. It will start at 10am.
To enter, visit www.racefor life.org or call 0845 600 6050.