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[M]EN and women in Penrith are being urged to help beat cancer sooner by volunteering at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

By signing up to Race for Life’s volunteer team, Penrith’s men and women will be playing their part in beating this devastating disease.

As the countdown starts to the 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events at Lowther Castle on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June, organisers are calling on people from all walks of life to sign up as helpers at

There’s a wide variety of fun and inspiring roles on offer, open to both men and women.

At the 5k and 10k events, volunteers are needed to manage the information marquee, cheer participants around the course and hand out well deserved medals at the finish line.

While at Race for Life Pretty Muddy – the 5k obstacle course – volunteers will also play a crucial role encouraging and supporting women of all ages as they tackle the scramble nets and inflatable hurdles, clamber over the climbing frame and hurtle themselves down the mud-splattered inflatable slide.

There’s also the opportunity to be a ‘Mud Mixer’ on the day, helping to get the consistency just right for participants to crawl, wade and splash about in.

Laura Cass, Cancer Research UK’s Penrith Event Manager, said: “Race for Life is a women-only series of events but men have a really important role to play. By joining our squad of dedicated volunteers, they will not only help to make our events an outstanding success, they’ll also be doing their bit to beat cancer sooner.

“Volunteering at Race for Life is fun, challenging and rewarding. It’s a great way to connect with the local community as people from all walks of life come together to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”

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. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Half Marathon and Hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help fund ground-breaking research.

Laura added: “By volunteering, men and women in Penrith will be helping to support a hugely successful fundraising event, enabling thousands of women and their supporters to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work. We couldn’t do it without them and we’ve no doubt that they’re up to the challenge.

“Whatever time and skills you have to share, we’ve got the perfect role for you and there is training available on the day. We’re calling on local men and women to get stuck in, cheer as loud as they can and help motivate our inspirational participants all the way to the finish line.”

Cancer Research UK staff will brief, guide and support volunteers in the lead up to and on the day of the event. Everyone who signs up to help at the event will receive a special t-shirt to wear on the day.

To volunteer at Race for Life, visit or call 0300 123 0770.

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