Early bird entry open for Ipswich’s Race for Life events on June 18 and June 19

Runners get a high-five from volunteers at Race for Life at Trinity Park on Sunday, 14 June 2015.

Runners get a high-five from volunteers at Race for Life at Trinity Park on Sunday, 14 June 2015. - Credit: Su Anderson

Ipswich women are being urged to get the new year off to a healthy start by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2016.

Pretty Muddy Race for Life at Trinity Park, Ipswich, 2015.

Pretty Muddy Race for Life at Trinity Park, Ipswich, 2015. - Credit: Lucy taylor

The charity is calling on women of all shapes and sizes to show cancer who’s boss by taking part in the Race for Life 5k, 10k or Pretty Muddy at Trinity Park, Ipswich.

Rachel Parratt, Cancer Research UK’s Ipswich event manager, said: “Signing up to take part in Race for Life is a great way for women of all ages to commit to get a little more active.

“Race for Life events are non-competitive. Taking part is not about being fit or fast and participants can choose to walk, jog, or run around the course.”

The Pretty Muddy events take place on Saturday, June 18 and the 5k and 10k will take place on Sunday, June 19.

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a women-only series of events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner.

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Ms Parratt added: “We’re delighted to be able to bring Pretty Muddy back to Ipswich as it’s a fantastic addition to our Race for Life family of events. It has all the fun and camaraderie of our much loved 5k and 10k events but with added obstacles and, of course, mud.

“Women can complete the Pretty Muddy course at their own pace, climbing, jumping, walking and laughing their way around. It’s about women of all ages, shapes and sizes tackling obstacles together.”

Last year, 3560 women took part in Race for Life in Ipswich and raised £229,400.

This year, organisers need even more women and girls to stride out to help raise £249,000.

Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the East of England.

“We’re calling on the brave ladies of Ipswich to harness their fighting spirit once more and really show cancer whose boss,” said Ms Parratt. “Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate everyone we love who has survived cancer.”

Women who sign up for 5k and 10k events in January can benefit from a reduced fee of £10.

To enter Race for Life visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.