Race for Life – Kingston MaurwardThursday, May 20th, 2010
‘Good Luck’ to everyone who is taking part in the Dorchester Race for Life event on the 23rd May raising funds for Cancer Research UK. The event will be opened by West End dancer David Hodgson from Weymouth, who has recently joined the Nivea male cheerleader and motivational team. He said: “This year we will be performing a special routine to S Club 7’s Don’t Stop Moving, which is sure to get the women going”.
Everyone has their own personal reason for taking part, be it in memory of a loved one who died from the disease or perhaps they themselves have benefited from the work of cancer research. It is a worthy, enjoyable, and colourful (mainly pink) event, as well as a truly amazing and unforgettable experience. The annual Cancer Research UK Race for Life is the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK. For the past 16 years women of all ages and fitness levels across the UK have come together at local organised events to raise much need funds to help beat cancer.
Race for Life
The Dorchester Race for Life takes place in Kingston Maurward College on Sunday 23 May 2010 at 11:00am. There is no prize for first place, you can jog or run the 5k route or join up with friends for a leisurely walk.
Up to 2500 women will be helping the event to reach a fundraising target of £139,000 for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. Participants are recommended to arrive at least an hour before the start of the Race for Life event to avoid queuing. Parking is available at Kingston Maurward College, although to avoid traffic congestion, it may be best to park in town and walk to the college.
Tips if you are taking part in the event for the first time:
If you are planning to run, it is worth working on your overall fitness. Using a running machine will help you to gauge the distance. The route includes some up hill climbs.
Wear the right shoes. If you are running the route it is worth investing in running shoes.
Wear comfortable clothing and bring sun cream and coat if necessary.
Walk, run or jog at your own pace.
Make sure you take a bottle of water, although refreshments will also be available to buy on the day.
Local sponsors of the event include Heart radio 102.3, Kingston Maurward College and Dorset Echo.
Funding for Cancer Research in UK
Every pound raised in sponsorship or fundraising helps to fund the work of over 4,500 researchers, doctors and nurses dedicated to helping more people beat cancer. Thanks to the generosity and hard work of Race for Life supporters, Cancer Research UK funds vital research all over the UK and helped to make a difference to people with cancer.
Since 1994 the Race for Life event has raised more than £327 million in total for Cancer Research UK and over the years they have seen real improvements in the outlook for cancer patients in the UK. Today almost two thirds of women diagnosed with breast cancer are expected to survive their disease for at least 20 years. When Race for Life first started, fewer than half could expect to survive this long. There has also been development and improvement of cervical screening resulting in an overall drop of around 15 per cent in the death rate from all cancers since Race for Life began.
You can make a contribution by buying the Race for Life charity single, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, on sale now at Tesco’s stores and available to download on iTunes.
Together we can all do our bit to beat cancer.