Hundreds of women unite for Stevenage’s Race for Life
- Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS
Hundreds of women united yesterday to take part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Stevenage.
More than 1,450 women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes took their places at the start line of the 5k and 10k events at Fairlands Valley Park.
Both are open to children under the age of 16 too, with 11-year-old Daniel Nimmo the first the finish the 5k in 24 minutes and 17 seconds.
Courtney Culverhouse, Cancer Research UK’s Hertfordshire events manager, said: “Life-saving research is being funded right now thanks to people like the women of Stevenage who joined 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 Hertfordshire and across the UK and we’d like to thank everyone who took part.
“I’d also like to say thank you to all our suppliers and volunteers, including Hertfordshire 4x4 Response, Fairlands Valley Spartans, Stevenage Army Cadets (North and South) and all the individual volunteers. We simply could not have put the event on without them.
“The atmosphere across the weekend 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.
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“Race for Life offers a unique opportunity for like-minded ladies to unite against a disease that affects us all in some way.”
Now the event organisers are asking participants to make every step count by submitting their sponsorship money as soon as possible, so it can be used to fund life-saving research.
Courtney said: “We’re hoping to raise £79,000 and 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.”
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.
Sponsorship money can be paid online, by phone, by cheque or in person at a Cancer Research UK shop. For information on returning sponsorship money, or to make a donation, visit raceforlife.org.