Runners get dancing to help beat cancer

Women and girls were dancing in the streets this week to launch Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2014.

Shoppers watched as the new event warm-up dance, the Cancer Slam, was performed at Trinity Walk shopping centre yesterday (Thursday).

Runners will be doing the six-move dance before the 280 Race for Life events across the country this summer.

Capturing the energy and spirit of the women-only run, the Cancer Slam has been dubbed as the “dance of defiance,” by organisers.

Sarah Threadgall, Cancer Research UK’s Wakefield events manager, said: “We want to unite as many women in the dance and make it even more inclusive.

“We urge women from across the region to get involved.”

The charity is looking for 2,500 women to take part in Thornes park’s Race for Life 5k and 10k events on Sunday June 1.

Last year, 2,000 women took part in the Wakefield event, raising £100,000. The target this year is to raise more than £130,000.

Miss Threadgall said: “We’re calling on Wakefield’s mighty mums, gutsy grans, feisty friends and go-getting girls to join our formidable army and take on cancer at this year’s Race for Life.

“We know how committed Wakefield women can be when they really make up their minds to do something.

“We want to harness that power to stop cancer in its tracks, by raising money for life-saving research.

“Race for Life is 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 if they prefer.”

To sign up for the event go to or call 0845 600 6050.

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