NOW that Spring is in the air, the longer days and better weather makes it the perfect time for Swindon women to get into step for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2008 at the event at Lydiard Park on Saturday 14 June and Sunday 15 June.
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising where women of all ages and fitness levels are invited to come together and walk, jog, or run 5k and raise money to help beat cancer.
There are no prizes for first place as every woman who takes part and raises money is a winner. But it is healthier and safer to do some training before the event, whether you choose to run or walk to really make the most of the day but that doesn’t have to mean hours in the gym or pounding the streets. Just simply doing some walking is a great way to get fit and ready and the longer days and lighter evenings make getting out and about easier.
Cancer Research UK’s Swindon event manager, Natasha Russell, said: "Some women might assume Race for Life is about running, but it’s all about women coming together to raise money to beat cancer. Who comes first is unimportant and the vast majority of participants choose to walk, often chatting with friends for the hour or so it takes to stroll round the 5k course".
"Walking is a great form of exercise and is really easy, especially now that Spring is finally upon us. There are lots of easy ways to get ready for your event such as walking the kids to school in the morning or getting off the bus a couple of stops early on the way home. Regular exercise doesn’t have to feel hard and it’s one of the ways to reduce the risk of cancer so why not enter Race for Life today."
To help women take that first step to get ready for the Swindon Race for Life, Cancer Research UK have lots of tips and advice on their website, www.raceforlife.org including training planners to suit every level of fitness provided by Reebok, Race for Life’s official training partner.
This year it is hoped a total of 6000 women enter the Swindon Race for Life and raise more than £342,000.
They will be part of an annual women-only fundraising event, the largest of its kind in the UK, which will see 750,000 women from across the UK raise £50 million to help beat cancer.
To enter Race for Life visit www.raceforlife.org/southwest or call the hotline on 0871 641 2279.