Women are invited to sign up for Race for Life events

Bournemouth Echo: ON THE RUN: Last year’s Race For Life 	Picture: Richard Crease ON THE RUN: Last year’s Race For Life Picture: Richard Crease

DORSET women keen on getting fitter in 2013 are being urged to sign up for this year’s Race for Life series.

Events have been organised for Kingston Lacy on May 12, Bournemouth Pier on June 16 and Poole Park on June 23.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is an inspiring women-only series of events, which raises millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.

Organisers are calling on mums, grans, sisters and friends to sign up and help beat cancer.

Rachel Northover, Cancer Research UK’s Dorset event manager, said: “Women of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of fitness take part in Race for Life.

“They come from different backgrounds and walks of life but they are united by their absolute determination to take on cancer and beat it.

“We know many women want to take part but are worried about completing the 5k course. “But Race for Life is non-competitive.

“It’s not about being fit or fast. “Taking part is about uniting against a disease that affects all of us. You can walk the 5k route, run it or jog it if you prefer.”

Last year, 8,138 women took part in Race for Life in Bournemouth and Poole and raised £452,568.

This year, organisers want to see 8,750 women and girls stride out to help raise £475,000 for vital research.

Rachel added: “Together, we can hit cancer where it hurts! “There are more than 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all.”

To enter Race for Life or for more information please visit the website www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.

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4:34pm Sat 16 Feb 13

guisselle says...

Why only women, we need a more
inclusive group to encourage everyone
to join after all it affects men and all
ethnic groups.
Why only women, we need a more inclusive group to encourage everyone to join after all it affects men and all ethnic groups. guisselle
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10:35pm Sat 16 Feb 13

molehill59 says...

Women from all ethnic groups can join in. There used to be men's races as well but the organisation seems to have dropped them. Why only women? Because there is a feeling of fellowship and harmony when it is just women running/jogging or walking the route together. Men are much more competitive and the dynamics are changed. Some people would be forgetting why they were there and trying to attract the attention of someone. There are plenty of other mixed sex races that people can do. Leave this one for us.
Women from all ethnic groups can join in. There used to be men's races as well but the organisation seems to have dropped them. Why only women? Because there is a feeling of fellowship and harmony when it is just women running/jogging or walking the route together. Men are much more competitive and the dynamics are changed. Some people would be forgetting why they were there and trying to attract the attention of someone. There are plenty of other mixed sex races that people can do. Leave this one for us. molehill59
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9:24am Sun 17 Feb 13

Mañana says...

"Men are much more competitive and the dynamics are changed. Some people would be forgetting why they were there and trying to attract the attention of someone."

There is a lot of ridiculous comments on this website and this is right up there with them. To suggest Men cannot
A). Run in any other way that's trying to compete
and
B). Take part in a run for any other purpose than attracting a female,
is at best rude and at worst sexist.

I can only assume you consider yourself so stunningly attractive when running that no man could possibly resist.

I know several men who refuse to sponsor the race for life as it is women only, then donate separately. I know many more who would welcome the chance to take part in a local run for cancer research uk.

I also wonder what the reaction would be if there was a local men-only fun run which received as much coverage as the race for life.
"Men are much more competitive and the dynamics are changed. Some people would be forgetting why they were there and trying to attract the attention of someone." There is a lot of ridiculous comments on this website and this is right up there with them. To suggest Men cannot A). Run in any other way that's trying to compete and B). Take part in a run for any other purpose than attracting a female, is at best rude and at worst sexist. I can only assume you consider yourself so stunningly attractive when running that no man could possibly resist. I know several men who refuse to sponsor the race for life as it is women only, then donate separately. I know many more who would welcome the chance to take part in a local run for cancer research uk. I also wonder what the reaction would be if there was a local men-only fun run which received as much coverage as the race for life. Mañana
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9:11am Mon 18 Feb 13

heydon03 says...

I think any men who are so vocal about wanting to be involved with Race for Life should sign up to volunteer, and play their part that way. Not only is this a good way to get involved (and essential for the events to run), but they would also then better understand the very special and unique atmosphere on the day, created by thousands of women coming together to do something fantastic, with their families and friends cheering them on.

It seems a little counter productive to me to desperately want to support Cancer Research UK, but to refuse to sponsor any participants (another essential way of being involved) but if that's how people feel, then give your time, and see if you are still so angered by it.
I think any men who are so vocal about wanting to be involved with Race for Life should sign up to volunteer, and play their part that way. Not only is this a good way to get involved (and essential for the events to run), but they would also then better understand the very special and unique atmosphere on the day, created by thousands of women coming together to do something fantastic, with their families and friends cheering them on. It seems a little counter productive to me to desperately want to support Cancer Research UK, but to refuse to sponsor any participants (another essential way of being involved) but if that's how people feel, then give your time, and see if you are still so angered by it. heydon03
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