Race for life 2019: men are wel­come

West Sussex Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

Men across Sus­sex will be able to join in a char­ity fundrais­ing series for the first time this year.

Race for Life events in aid of Can­cer Re­search UK have been open to women since launch­ing in 1994 but af­ter a change by or­gan­is­ers men will now be able to take part.

Pretty Muddy events and 5k and 10k fix­tures will take place at a num­ber of lo­ca­tions across East and West Sus­sex.

At Stam­ner Park, in Falmer, near Brighton, there will be a Pretty Muddy Kids event and a Pretty Muddy 5k on Satur­day, June 29 and a 5k and 10k on Sun­day, June 30.

Brighton event man­ager Jes­sica Ed­wards said: “Tak­ing part in our Race for Life events en­ables like-minded peo­ple to get to­gether and re­mem­ber loved ones lost to can­cer or cel­e­brate the lives of those who have sur­vived.

“At the same time, they are help­ing to make a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple with can­cer, right now.

“Our Race for Life events have been women-only since they started, over 25 years ago. But we now feel the time is right to open them up so that ev­ery­one – women, men and chil­dren – has the chance to par­tic­i­pate to­gether.”

Can­cer Re­search UK says Race for Life events raise mil­lions of pounds each year to help fund re­search into 200 types of can­cer.

In Sus­sex events this year also in­clude: a 5k in Hor­sham on June 2; a 5k and 10k in Hast­ings on June 9; a 5k on Wor­thing on June 16; a 5k and 10k in East­bourne on June 16; a 5k and 10k on June 22 and a Pretty Muddy Kids, Pretty Muddy 5k and a Pretty Muddy 10k on June 23 in Craw­ley.

Ms Ed­wards added: “One in two peo­ple in the UK will be di­ag­nosed with can­cer at some point dur­ing their life­time.

“Sadly, this means nearly ev­ery­one is touched by the dis­ease, ei­ther di­rectly or through a loved one or friend.

“To make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in the fight against can­cer we need to har­ness as much en­ergy and com­mit­ment as pos­si­ble – so what bet­ter way than in­volv­ing ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity in our events.”

She con­tin­ued: “This Jan­uary, we’re urg­ing mums, dads, nans, grand­pas, broth­ers, sis­ters, friends and work­mates to show their sup­port by join­ing the Race for Life.

“It’s a per­fect ex­am­ple of ev­ery­day peo­ple do­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary thing – unit­ing in a com­mon cause to beat can­cer.”

For more de­tails on Race for Life events, or to en­ter, visit race­for­life.org, or call 0300 123 0770.

Dur­ing Jan­uary there is a 30 per cent dis­count off the en­try fee with the code RFL30.

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