[O]VER 100 women have signed up to take on a new Race for Life Hike event to and join the fight against cancer with Cancer Research UK.
Organisers say there is still time to enter the new Race for Life Hike at Hadrian’s Wall, Brampton, which will take place on Saturday 10 June.
Just five iconic locations in the UK – including Carlisle – have been selected to hold the first Race for Life Hike events, which take place between June and September.
The event adds to the popular Race for Life 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events already taking place in the city on 17 and 18 June at Bitts Park, Dacre Rd, Carlisle.
Race for Life Hike is a series of one-day, long-distance walking events open to women of all ages and abilities. It offers participants an ideal opportunity to get out in the fresh air, take on a new challenge and help raise money for life-saving research.
The Hadrian’s Wall event offers a challenging and technical hike starting at the ancient remains of Brocolitia Fort and finishing at the stunning Lanercost Priory. The route takes in iconic sections of the wall, including Sycamore Gap, with impressive views across the Northumberland Country Park throughout.
Cancer Research UK is calling on women in Cumbria to join like-minded ladies committed to the cause and sign up right now at www.raceforlife.org. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to treat cancer and save more lives.
With each route offering stunning scenery and breath-taking views – from the unspoilt Sussex coastline to the dramatic backdrops of the Peak District – participants will be able to explore the great outdoors whilst raising money for a worthwhile cause.
Each route is between 20 and 26 miles, involving a mix of challenging terrains, with an expected walking time of 8 to 12 hours. The routes are fully planned with maps provided at registration. Participants will also be treated to a hot meal, glass of bubbly and a medal at the finish line.
Laura Taylor, Cancer Research UK’s Cumbria Event Manager, said: “We’re so excited to bring Race for Life Hike to Carlisle. The route promises to take in stunning local landscapes so it’s the perfect opportunity for ladies to make the most of the great outdoors, right on their doorstep. We’re calling on women to put their best foot forward and sign up now. We’ve no doubt that they’ve got the motivation to go the distance and help beat cancer.”
Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend over £23 million last year in the North West on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research – helping more men, women and children survive.
One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.
The entry fee for Race for Life Hike is £30 and there’s a suggested fundraising target of £200. Women who sign up will be given a Race for Life Season Pass, offering free entry into unlimited 5k and 10k events to support their training.
To enter Race for Life Hike today go to raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.