Sheffield lab ladies think pink

Cancer Research UK Scientists who have benefited from money raised by women who took part in the Race For Life

Cancer Research UK Scientists who have benefited from money raised by women who took part in the Race For Life

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THE race is on!

There’s only 11 days to go until thousands of women take to the streets to turn Sheffield pink.

On Sunday, July 15, mums and daughters, sisters and friends will line up on Arundel Gate for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

They will run, jog or walk 5km - all to raise money for the battle against cancer.

The Star-backed event generated £304,390 last year, when 6,380 people pounded the streets.

But this year the charity wants to raise even more funds, with a target of £320,000.

And to do that it needs at least 7,000 women to sign up - and there are still spaces open.

The money raised goes towards lifesaving studies into 200 types of cancer.

Among the researchers funded by Race for Life each year is a team based at Sheffield Cancer Research Centre, led by Prof Gillian Tozer - a leading expert on tumour biology.

And the scientists themselves, who are researching causes, treatments and cures for all kinds of cancers, donned pink lab coats to get them in the mood for the race.

Nicki Embleton, spokeswoman for Cancer Research UK in Yorkshire, said: “There’s still plenty of time to sign up to enter the Sheffield Race for Life.

“It’s great having the scientists using money raised at Race for Life to do their research taking part and showing their gratitude and appreciation.”

Women and girls of all ages, shapes and sizes are needed to join forces for the event, whether they are taking part alone or as part of a group.

n Sign up for Race for Life at www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111. Entry is £14.99 for adults and £10 for under-16s. The fee covers the costs of staging the event and means money raised in sponsorship can go straight to research.