Thousands gearing up for charity race

WOMEN will be getting their running shoes on tomorrow to raise thousand of pounds for Cancer Research UK.About 25,000 women are expected to take part in the five kilometre Race for Life, in Chantry Park, Ipswich.

WOMEN will be getting their running shoes on tomorrow to raise thousand of pounds for Cancer Research UK.

About 2,500 women are expected to take part in the five kilometre Race for Life, in Chantry Park, Ipswich.

The event has been taking place in towns and cities throughout the country since it was launched in 1994, when 600 women took part in a sponsored run.

And now this year more than 800,000 women will be taking part in the 'Race for Life', across the country to raise an estimated £60 million.

Organisers of the Ipswich 'Race for Life', which is in its seventh year, are hoping to raise £195,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Heidi Connell, event organiser, said: “The majority of people who take part to raise money for Cancer Research UK do it because they know someone or they themselves have been affected by cancer.

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“Statistically, one in three people are going to be affected by cancer in their lifetime and the Race for Life is all about raising money as well as raising awareness of the disease.”

Cancer Research UK is a charity that helps to support vital research to help treat and prevent cancer and improve the quality of life for those suffering from the devastating illness.

A spokesman for the charity said: “For many women Race for Life is an annual occasion while for others this will be the first time they take part in an event of this size.

“Some are cancer survivors while others run or walk in memory or in celebration of family, friends or “loved ones, making the race experience both emotional and inspiring.

“There is an overwhelming sense of pride and sisterhood and a great feeling that Race for Life is personal to the many women that join together to take part.”

The event will start at 11am on Sunday morning in Chantry Park.

Are you taking part in the Race for Life this Sunday? Or do you know someone who is raising money for a worthwhile cause? What do you think? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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