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
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.