Pink power!

27th May 2012. Runners set off at the start of the Wakefield Race For Life.
27th May 2012. Runners set off at the start of the Wakefield Race For Life.

THORNES Park will turn pink again later this year when thousands of women come together to hit cancer where it hurts.

The third annual Cancer Research UK Race For Life will take place in the city park in June.

And entry to the event, which is being held in partnership with Tesco, opens on Tuesday.

This week, organisers issued a rallying cry to get more women than ever to join in 5K run, jog or walk.

Sarah Threadgall, Cancer Research UK’s Wakefield events manager, said: “Come on ladies, please play your part by entering Race for Life in Wakefield today. Together, we can hit cancer where it hurts.

“There are over 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all. It’s fighting talk, but we mean every word we say. Cancer – Wakefield is coming to get you!”

Last year more than 1,800 women and girls took part and managed to raise £109,000.

But this year organisers want to 2,000 to sign up and help to raise at least £160,000 to fund vital research.

Miss Threadgall said: “Women of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of fitness take part in Race for Life. They come from different backgrounds and walks of life but they are united by their absolute determination to take on cancer and beat it.

“Race for Life is non-competitive. It’s not about being fit or fast. Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun. Or they can choose to jog, run or even dance around the course if they prefer.

“It is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease. Participants may be decked out in pink or fancy dress but what’s inescapable is the power and strength that comes from thousands of women joining together to confront cancer.

“Don’t be fooled by the tutus and tiaras. Wakefield Race for Life is cancer’s worst nightmare.”

Last year’s the event was started by singer and TV presenter Jane McDonald.

More details will be released about this year’s race in the run up to Race for Life 2013.

To sign up before all the places are taken, log on to www.racefor or call 0845 600 6050.