Women are being asked to be inspired by Mother’s Day this weekend and sign up to take part in Race for Life.
Due to take place at Eglinton Park on Sunday, May 12, the 5k women-only race hopes to raise £100,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.
Helen Tibbott, Cancer Research UK’s Scotland Events Manager, said:
“Mother’s Day is the special occasion when we acknowledge that universal truth – it’s mums who make the world go round.
“We want to encourage women to buy their mums a very special gift this year – a place in Race for Life.
“And by signing up themselves, they will be able to stand together, side by side, on the start line in a defiant gesture to cancer.
“We want to recruit a formidable Mum’s Army, ready to take on cancer and win. We all know how committed mothers can be when they really make up their minds to do something. And we want to harness that power and create a unique force that will stop cancer in its tracks, by raising money for crucial research.”
Last year, 1417 women took part in Race for Life in Irvine and raised a fantastic £89,989. This year, organisers need 1400 participants to stride out and help raise £100,000.
Helen continued: “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. So there’s no need to worry about being fit or fast. Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun.
“Race for Life 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.”
Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research but with help from the people of Irvine, the charity intends to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
To enter Race for Life today go to www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.