Join the pink army and get muddy for Cancer Research

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Women in Hertfordshire are being urged to grab their last chance to enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life Pretty Muddy event.

It takes place at Phasels Wood in Kings Langley and there are just a few days left until registration closes.

More than 1,500 women have already joined a ‘pink army’ ready to take on cancer on Saturday, May 16 and there are just a few places left in the afternoon time slots.

Entry closes on Thursday, May 14 and organisers are encouraging mums, daughters, grannies, sisters, friends and workmates who want to take part in the Pretty Muddy women-only event to sign up as soon possible at raceforlife.org.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k marathon and Pretty Muddy events which raises millions of pounds every year bringing forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Julie Braithwaite, event manager for Race for Life in Hertfordshire, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that so many women have entered our brand new Hertfordshire Pretty Muddy and with the rain we have had recently, it looks to be even more muddy than usual! We have previously only had the Race for Life events in Watford and St Albans, so it’s really exciting to bring our muddy obstacle course to Kings Langley – in the perfect outdoor setting of Phasels Wood. But we still have places left so we are urging women to sign up as soon as possible.”

This one event alone can raise close to £60,000 and by raising money through Race for Life, people are helping Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists make advances in research which will help more men, women and children survive.

Julie added: “Race for Life is not competitive and it’s not about being fit or fast. You can walk, jog, or run around the course if you like. Because these events are all about the feel-good factor that comes from being part of the ‘pink army’ as thousands of women come together to defeat cancer.”

Women can boost their contribution to Cancer Research UK’s work by doing a ‘wardrobe work-out’ before their event. The charity is encouraging them to sort out and bag up hidden treasures such as quality clothes, books and accessories they no longer use and take them to the Donation Station at Race for Life.  Each bag of goods could help raise up to £25 for groundbreaking research, even more with Gift Aid.

Every participant receives a donation bag, along with a Gift Aid form, as part of their Race for Life entry pack. Just by completing the form and popping it in their bag, women can boost the value of their donation by an extra 25 per cent.

While the Race for Life and Pretty Muddy events are women only, they are always massively short of volunteers – so ladies take your men along too for that extra bit of encouragement as you swathe through the mud.

To enter Race for Life visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.