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Race for Life

 

Bedfordshire women 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 route at Russell Park and The Embankment, on Sunday 24th July.

 

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 20-40%.

 

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.

 

Hayley Gunn-Bruce Bedford Event 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.”

 

To help women get ready for the Bedford event, there are free training plans for different levels of ability on the Race for Life website.  The six-week training plans are designed for walkers, joggers or runners.  They feature guidance on warming up and stretching, as well as motivation.

 

Hayley Gunn-Bruce 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.”

 

Women in Bedford can enter Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s 5k and 10k Race for Life at http://www.raceforlife.org/ or by calling 0871 641 1111.

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