Race for Life team rallies troops

Race for Life team rallies troops

Published at 3:35pm 6th April 2016. (Updated at 4:21pm 6th April 2016)

More women are being encouraged to join the fight against cancer and take part in Harrogate's Race for Life.

Event managers and volunteers will be manning Cancer Research UK's 'Battle HQ' on Prospect Crescent from 11am on Friday.

They're urging mums, daughters, sisters and friends to choose the Race for Life on Saturday 9 July or the new Pretty Muddy event on Sunday 10 July.

Georgina Thornton, Cancer Research UK's Harrogate Event Manager, said: "We're so excited to bring our Battle HQ event to Harrogate. It's a chance for women across the town to experience the fun and excitement of Race for Life and to find out what's in store at our Harrogate events in July. We are here to showcase our new Race for Life venue Ripley Castle and introduce Pretty Muddy to the town.

"We want this year's Race for Life to be our biggest and best yet, so we're calling on women of all ages, shapes and sizes to sign up and join the charge. It's time to form a pink platoon of feisty, go-getting girls and show cancer who's boss."

Last year, 2,100 women took part in Harrogate's Race for Life and raised over £116,000.

This year, organisers need over 6,000 women and girls to help raise £238,000 and save more lives.

Georgina added: "Every day, around 81 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire. That's why we're calling on women in Harrogate to sign up and stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight against this devastating disease.

"It doesn't matter how fit or fast you are, because Race for Life is not competitive. It's the chance to be part of a fun-loving and fearless army of women who are motivated to help raise money for life-saving research."

Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK's work has been at the heart of that progress.

Thanks to advances in research, more people in Yorkshire are surviving cancer than ever before.

You can enter Race for Life at raceforlife.org or by calling 0300 123 0770.