Tell us why you’re taking part in Wakefield’s #RaceForLife

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.

Up to 2,000 women are warming up ready to take part in the Wakefield Race For Life 2013 today.

Cancer Research UK’s annual fundraising event is happening in Thornes Park.

Ladies have been arriving since early this morning and the race will start at 10.30am.

And we want you tell us who you’re running for and why by sending us a tweet starting #RaceForLife.

Sarah Threadgall, Cancer Research UK’s Wakefield events manager, 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. It is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease.”

The charity is hoping to raise £160,000 to fund vital research which could one day lead to a cure for some of the 200 different cancers.

Next week the Express will donate 1p from every copy of the paper sold to Cancer Research.

Express group editor Mark Bradley said: “It doesn’t matter if you walk, run or even skip around Thornes Park on Sunday - you are helping Cancer Research carry out its groundbreaking work into a disease which affects so many families in Wakefield.

“And that is why the Express wants to play its part by donating and supporting a charity which helps so many people now and in the future.”

To tell us why you are taking part go to our Facebook page or Tweet us with the hashtag #RaceForLife.

Don’t forget to follow the event on the @WakeExpress Twitter feed with live updates from Thornes Park.