Race For Life now accepting entries

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The grounds of Burghley House will be transformed into a sea of pink once again this summer as women take part in Race for Life.

The annual event will take place at the stately home, near Stamford, on Sunday, June 2, to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

Registration for the event has now opened and women of all shapes and sizes are being urged to put their best foot forward and take part.

Last year, 2,901 women took part in the event and raised a huge £135,515 towards Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.

Organisers are hoping to get a similar amount of women taking part but have set a fundraising goal of £213,682.

Cancer Research UK’s event manager for the east Julie Braithwaite said every day 80 people are diagnosed with cancer in the East of England.

She said: “Come on ladies, please play your part by entering Race for Life in Stamford today. Together, we can hit cancer where it hurts.

“There are over 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all. It’s fighting talk, and we mean every word we say.”

She said women of all levels of fitness can take part in the event, which has 5km or 10km routes.

Women can either walk, jog or run the route alone or with a group of friends, family members or colleagues.

Julie said everyone at the events is united by their determination to beat cancer.

She added: “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.

“Don’t be fooled by the tutus and tiaras. Stamford Race for Life is cancer’s worst nightmare.”

The Stamford event is one of more than 230 events across the country, which includes an evening event at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough on Tuesday, July 9. Cancer Research UK, which works in partnership with Tesco, hopes to recruit 560,000 women and raise £50m in total.

To enter visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.