Hundreds sign up for Race for Life

Kim BriscoeWomen in Norfolk are leading the country by signing up in their hundreds to take part in a charity fun run in Norwich.Kim Briscoe

Women in Norfolk are leading the country by signing up in their hundreds to take part in a charity fun run in Norwich.

The Race for Life events in Norwich were launched last Monday and in just one week 700 women have pledged to run.

The 5k women-only events raise money for Cancer Research UK and this year a new Race10k has been introduced to give runners more of a challenge.

Gemma Turpin, organiser of the Race for Life event in the city, said: 'The women are signing up quicker than ever and Norfolk Race for Life is leading the way nationally with the most women signed up to date.

'Women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes take part in Race for Life. They motivate and inspire each other to complete the 5k or the 10k course.

'Many simply walk round, chatting and having fun but they all share the wonderful atmosphere at the event.'

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This year Race for Life in Norwich takes place at the Norfolk Showground on Saturday, May 1, with the new 10k run starting at 10am and a 5k run at 2pm. Another two 5k races will be held on Sunday, May 2, at 11am and 3.30pm.

Last year 12,074 women walked, jogged or ran the Norwich event and raised an incredible �761,135.

In 2010, organisers are encouraging more women to put their best feet forward and smash last year's fundraising target.

Cancer Research UK funds world-class research and clinical trials throughout East Anglia. For example, in Norwich, people with a type of leukaemia can take part in a study to find the most effective treatment for the disease. This important trial will test several new drugs in combination with the usual chemotherapy.

Miss Turpin said: 'The new Race for Life optional 10k is an easy way to try out a 10k course without any extra commitment - apart from some additional training beforehand.

'Women who choose to take part in Race 10k can walk, jog or run. But by doubling their distance, they will also be doubling their fun and sense of personal achievement on the day.'

Women in Norwich can enter Cancer Research UK's Race for Life at or by calling 0871 641 1111.

Do you have a story about why you are taking part in Norwich's Race for Life this year? Contact reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772419 or email