Thousands warming-up for the Race for Life

start of the race
start of the race

THOUSANDS of women will be racing to help beat cancer at Race for Life at Eastbourne’s Sports Park on Saturday.

More than 3,500 women and girls - including cancer survivors and people taking part in memory or celebration or their loved ones - will walk, jog or run the 5k route on June 5 (11am or 2pm) to raise money for life-saving research.

Race for Life is a women-only event series which raises millions every year for life-saving research into all cancers – helping men, women and children across the region.

Prior to the start, women and their supporters will be treated to a performance by singer Stephen Dunnett and then an aerobic warm-up led by local Rosemary Conley leader Jo Matthews.

Suzi Dent, Race for Life event manager for Eastbourne, said, “I feel so proud and grateful to everyone who is taking part in Race for Life in Eastbourne, and to all the family, friends and colleagues who are supporting them and helping to beat cancer.

“Many more Race for Life events are taking place across the region this summer and I want to urge as many women as possible to enter.”

Organisers are hoping that participants at the Eastbourne events will raise £302,000.

There’s still time to sign up to take part in Race for Life at the Sports Park as entries close on June 2.

Last year 2,600 women took part and helped raise £129,000 for Cancer Research UK.

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 clothes, books and accessories they no longer use and take them to the Donation Station at Race for Life. Each bag could help raise as much as an extra £30 for life-saving research.

Enter at or by calling 0871 641 1111.