Spring is in the air and as the days get longer, women in Swindon are being urged to get into step with Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.
Entering Race for Life is the ideal way for women of all ages, shapes and sizes to motivate themselves to become more active as they get ready to walk, jog or run the 5k or 10k routes in Swindon.
The Swindon Race for Life takes place at Lydiard Park on:
Saturday 21 May
Sunday 22 May
and Wednesday 20 July.
Race for Life is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series where all the money raised goes to fund Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. Last year 4,503 women from the Swindon area took part and raised an incredible £240,972.
In 2011, organisers are encouraging 7,860 women from the town and its surroundings to put their best feet forward and raise £480,815.
Becoming more active has benefits that continue well after the event, as research shows that even regular, moderate physical activity can help reduce the risk of cancer. Moderate activity is anything that leaves you feeling warm and slightly out of breath – it can be anything from a brisk walk to a spot of gardening.
Being physically active could help to prevent thousands of cancer cases in the UK every year. Not only does it help to maintain a healthy body weight but it also has a protective effect in itself. Studies show that it can reduce the risk of bowel cancer by a quarter and the risk of breast cancer by 20 to 40%.
Karen Drew, Area Marketing Manager for Race for Life, said: “Race for Life is not a competitive event. It’s about women of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels coming together to ‘join the girls’ and help beat cancer. They can walk, jog or run the 5k or 10k course and revel in Race for Life’s unique atmosphere of sisterhood.”
“Many women are put off entering Race for Life because they think they won’t be able to complete it. But we know that women often cover several kilometres on an average shopping trip, without even realising it, so taking part in Race for Life is definitely achievable.”
Doing some training offers benefits for everyone – from ladies planning to stroll round the 5k or 10k route chatting to their friends to women who are determined to run it and set their own personal record.
Karen continued: “Some women don’t do any training for their Race for Life event but it’s healthier and safer to do some exercise before the day. You don’t need to go out and pound the pavements – unless you really want to! Walking is a great form of exercise and it’s really easy to fit some extra steps into your day, especially now spring is here. To get started, why not get off the bus a couple of stops earlier or take the stairs at work instead of the lift.”
To help women get ready for the events in Swindon, there are free training plans for different levels of ability on the Race for Life website. The training plans are designed for walkers, joggers or runners. They feature guidance on warming up and stretching, as well as motivation.
Karen added: “One-in-three people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives. But the good news is that more people are beating the disease than ever before. Cancer Research UK’s work is at the heart of that progress. By helping to raise money through Race for Life, our supporters are turning hope into reality.”
This money raised by Race for Life is crucial to fund Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. The charity supports the work of scientists, doctors and nurses who are dedicated to beating cancer by understanding its causes and investigating how best to prevent, diagnose and treat it.
Women in Swindon can enter Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s 5k and 10k Race for Life at www.raceforlife.org or by calling 0871 641 1111.