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Race for Life: Hyde Park

by Sports Reporters

The Race For Life events are taking place all across the country – no doubt you have girlfriends who have asked you to sponsor them, or maybe you have or are planning to pull on your running shoes to help beat cancer?
Race For Life is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event. Since its inaugural race in 1994, six million ladies have participated and raised over £457 million. The women that take part represent all parts and walks of the United Kingdom; everyone is united for this one cause – to beat cancer.
Some of them have survived cancer, some of them have relatives who have suffered or are suffering, sometimes runs are completed in memory of a loved one, and some ladies take part in the race in a bid to help work towards the cancer-free future we all want. The common goal for all participants across the country is to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
The on-going generosity; the physical and financial support from women competing and women (and men!) donating towards it has helped developments into cures and preventions and lowering the death rate of all cancers – the death rate has fallen by 16% since the first Race For Life, with no small part played by anyone that has taken part or donated to a running friend.
One of the great things about the Race for Life events are they are not competitive – it is not about winning but actually it is women of all ages and fitness levels coming together for the same reason. There are three ‘starts’, so women can complete the race at their favoured pace: the ‘runners’, the ‘joggers’ and the ‘walkers’. There isn’t a necessity to train, as such, before the race – especially if one is walking – but it is, of course, best and healthiest to have a little pre-event exercise. (In fact, it is a great incentive to start exercising more!)
WinkBall were at the Hyde Park event to speak to the wonderful women competing and supporting on Sunday 27 May, asking them who they are running for and what makes the Race for Life so special and unique in comparison to other fundraisers.
Good luck, runners!

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