It's time to take on cancer as Race for Life 2014 Launches in Chester | Chester Racecourse

It's time to take on cancer as Race for Life 2014 Launches in Chester

CHESTER women are being urged to join forces and show cancer who’s boss by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2014 which is now open for entries.

Every day, more than 100 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West.* Everyone is special, everyone is somebody’s mum, dad, brother, sister, friend or colleague. 

And that’s why Cancer Research UK is calling on Chester women of all ages, shapes and sizes, to defy this dreadful disease by entering Race for Life 5k event at the Chester Racecourse on Sunday, July 20. 

Event organisers are issuing the rallying cry ‘cancer, we’re coming to get you’ and urging women to sign up as soon as possible.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k events which raise millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.

“We’re calling on Chester’s mighty-mums, gutsy-grans, feisty friends and go-getting girls to join our formidable army and take on cancer at this year’s Race for Life.

“We know how committed Chester women can be when they really make up their minds to do something.  We want to harness that power to stop cancer in its tracks, by raising money for life-saving research.

“Race for Life is non-competitive.  It’s not about being fit or fast.  Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun. Or they can choose to jog, run or even dance around the course if they prefer.”

- Liz Booth, Cancer Research UK’s Chester Events Manager

Everyone who takes part in Race for Life, from the participants themselves to the millions of supporters who sponsor and encourage them, becomes part of a powerful collective force rising up to beat cancer sooner.   

Last year, 3555 women took part in Race for Life in Chester and raised a fantastic £165,000. This year, organisers need 4000 women and girls to stride out to help raise in excess of £150,000.

Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the North West.

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking work but

with help from the people of Chester, the charity intends to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

“Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease. There are over 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all.”

To enter Race for Life Chester today go to or call 0845 600 6050.

For press enquiries please contact Liz Booth, Race for Life Event Manager, on mobile 07918 692157.

Notes to Editors

*Approximation based on annual average figure of around 38,800 cases of all cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) diagnosed between 2008-2010 in the North West Government Office Region.

Race for Life events in the North West

5k Events in the North West

Chester : 5k on Sunday 20th July at 09.00am at Chester Racecourse

Wrexham : 5k on Sunday 8th June at 11.00am at Alyn waters Country Park

Cheshire (Delamere Forest) : 5k on Sunday 18th May at Delamere Forest

Cheshire (Tatton Park) : 5k on Sunday 29th June at Tatton Park

 10k Events in the North East

Cheshire (Tatton Park) : 10k on Saturday 28th June at Tatton Park

Pretty Muddy Events in the North East

Cheshire (Tatton Park) : on Sunday 22nd June at Tatton Park

About Race for Life

  • Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in partnership with Tesco is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events which raise millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.
  • Race for Life is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series with over 300 events around the UK from May to the end of September.
  • Women and girls of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes from all over the UK join together to walk, jog or run to raise money to help beat over 200 types of cancer affecting men, women and children.  All women are welcome, regardless of whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group.
  • In 2014, Cancer Research UK hopes to recruit 540,000 women and raise £50m to help fund life-saving work.
  • The entry fee is £14.99 for adults and £10 for girls under 16.  This covers the costs of staging the event series and means that money raised in sponsorship can go to help beat cancer.
  • Race for Life started as one event in 1994 at Battersea Park with 680 participants.
  • Since Race for Life started, an incredible 7.1 million participants across the UK have raised over £526 million to fund Cancer Research UK’s vital work.

 About Cancer Research UK

·         Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
·         The charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
·         Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.
·         Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.
·         Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
·         Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

 For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1861 or visit Follow us onTwitter and Facebook