More needed to join Race for Life

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WOMEN are being urged to follow in the footsteps of Mercury staff and sign up for Race for Life.

The Stamford versus Cancer event will take place at Burghley House on Sunday, May 13, and organisers say numbers are down on what they had hoped for.

Area event manager Julie Braithwaite is hoping there will be a last minute surge of entrants to take part.

She said: “I am sure the wet weather has put some people off entering but whatever the weather, Race for Life will still take place and it will be a fantastic event to take part in. Burghley House is such a beautiful venue.

“Numbers are a bit down and we hope women will enter. You don’t have to run - you can walk or jog and it is such a great event to be a part of.”

So far just over 1,600 women have signed up to take part in the 5km route but organisers have set a target of 3,000 women. There are also 888 women who have signed up for the 10km route - which is up on the 600 women target that organisers had set.

The event last year raised £202,478 for Cancer Research UK and organisers have set a £213,000 target for this year.

For the third year running, the Mercury has entered a team. Representing the editorial department will be Kerry Coupe and Rachel Pishhorn and flying the flag for the advertising department will be Kimberley Clenaghan and Lucy Greenwood.

Julie said: “Race for Life is a great event for friends, family or colleagues to take part in. If you have not already done so, sign up today.”

All women, no matter what their age, shape or size, can take part, as individuals or groups.

On the day there will be a pre-race warm-up, as well as a range of stalls before the race starts.

The 5k and 10k routes will start at the same time with the long-distance runners taking in more of Burghley Park’s extensive grounds before rejoining the route.

To take part visit or phone 0871 641 1111.

The registration fee is £14.99 for adults and £10 for girls aged under 16.

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