Women in race to help save lives

A CALL is going out today for female fitness fans and fundraisers to help a worthy cause by taking part in the annual Race for Life event.The women-only event is being held at venues across the UK with people in Suffolk getting the chance to participate in two races being held in Ipswich.

A CALL is going out today for female fitness fans and fundraisers to help a worthy cause by taking part in the annual Race for Life event.

The women-only event is being held at venues across the UK with people in Suffolk getting the chance to participate in two races being held in Ipswich.

The first of the two events will take place at Chantry Park at 11am on Sunday, June 8 with a further race at Trinity Park at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 9.

In 2007 the Cancer Research event saw a combined total of 665,000 women walk, jog or run 5km to raise £40million and organisers are keen to repeat that success.

Money raised is spent funding 4,250 scientists, doctors and nurses, committed to beating cancer.

Gloria Hunniford, television personality and patron of the event, said: "I'm extremely proud to be patron of Race for Life 2008 and would urge every woman, no matter what their age or ability, to sign up for their local event.

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“It's all about women coming together, having fun and celebrating the meaning of Race for Life.

“The genuine enthusiasm and emotion demonstrated by women across the UK creates an atmosphere that is truly unique and inspiring.

“It means so much to me to be a part of this amazing event.”

To enter Cancer Research UK's Race for Life 2008 or for more information visit www.raceforlife.org or call the hotline on 08705 134 314.

The Evening Star wants to hear from people planning to take part in the event and find out why they are taking part. Get in touch with us and we'll tell your story. Contact the Star newsdesk on 01473 324788 or e-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk.