Thousands get set to turn pink in aid of cancer charity

Race for Life in Alexandra Park
Race for Life in Alexandra Park

THOUSANDS of women are signed up for this year’s Race for Life at Alexandra Park.

On Sunday (July 15), more than 1,700 women, including cancer survivors themselves, and people taking part in memory or celebration or their loved ones, will walk, jog or run the 5K route to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Race for Life is non-competitive and most women are able to walk 5K in an hour.

Suzi Dent, Race for Life event manager for the south east, said: “Looking at all the ‘back signs’ that women wear at the event, declaring why they are taking part in Race for Life, is a very emotional experience.

“Many have survived cancer themselves or are participating in tribute to their loved ones whose lives have been touched by the disease. I feel so proud and grateful to everyone who is taking part in Race for Life in Hastings, and to all the family, friends and colleagues who are supporting them.”

Organisers are hoping that participants at the Hastings event will raise £101,068. Last year 2,268 women took part and helped raise £105,570 for Cancer Research UK.

Suzi added: “Some ladies are worried that they won’t be able to complete the course. But the truth is Race for Life is not at all competitive and most women are able to walk the 5K route in just one hour. In that same amount of time around five people will be diagnosed with cancer in the south east.”

Women can boost their contribution to Cancer Research UK’s work by doing a ‘wardrobe work-out’ before their 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 quality goods could help raise as much as an extra £30 for life-saving research.

On Sunday, women will begin arriving at the park from 10am, there will be a mass aerobics warm up at 10.45am, and the race will start at 11am.

There is no parking at this event.

Enter at www.raceforlife.org or by calling 0871 641 1111.