With summer just around the corner, Oxford women are being urged to channel their energy into training for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.
With the arrival of lighter evenings and warmer weather, women of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities have the perfect opportunity to kick-start a healthier lifestyle by preparing for their 5k, 10k or Pretty Muddy Race for Life events.
By taking on Race for Life, and encouraging their mums, daughters, sisters and friends to join them, participants can improve their fitness as well as help to raise money for life-saving research.
Becoming more active has longer-term benefits, as research shows that even regular, moderate physical activity can help reduce the risk of cancer. Not only does it help to maintain a healthy body weight but it also has a protective effect in itself.
And that’s why Cancer Research UK is calling on women in Oxford to get moving, lace up their trainers and sign up now for the 5k and 10k events taking place on Sunday 10th July at University Parks. Alternatively, for those women feeling a little more adventurous Cancer Research UK are also hosting a Pretty Muddy 5k on Saturday 17th September at South Park.
Kelly Rumble, Cancer Research UK’s Oxford Event Manager, said:
“Race for Life events are not competitive. They are not about being fit or fast. It’s about an army of women crossing the finish line together in the fight against cancer. Whether you’re a running pro or novice, every step you take around the course will help bring us one step closer to the day when all cancers are cured.
“The atmosphere is incredibly supportive and pledging to take part, alongside thousands of like-minded women, is a great motivation. With fire in their bellies and trainers at the ready, we know that Oxford ladies are up for the challenge.”
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, and Pretty Muddy events which raises millions of pounds every year to fund research to help beat 200 types of cancer.
More than one in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s.
Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across Oxfordshire.
“With the arrival of lighter evenings, there’s no better time to enjoy the great outdoors, get a bit fitter and limber up for Race for Life. Whether you choose to walk, jog or charge around the course, you’ll be joining an army of women united in the battle against cancer.
“Our aim is that one day everyone will beat this devastating disease. The more research we can fund, the sooner that day will come – so ladies, it’s time to pull on your leggings, join the pink army and get your blood pumping at Race for Life.”
Free training plans for different levels of ability are available on the Race for Life website. The six-week training plans are designed for walkers, joggers or runners. They feature guidance on warming up and stretching, as well as motivation.
To enter Race for Life today go to raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.