Norwich women urged to get dirty for a good cause

The Race for Life Pretty Muddy event at Trinity Park, Ipswich in 2014

The Race for Life Pretty Muddy event at Trinity Park, Ipswich in 2014 - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Norwich women are being urged to fight dirty when it comes to conquering cancer – by signing up for a new event from Cancer Research UK's Race for Life.

The city has been chosen to host one of just two Race for Life Pretty Muddy events taking place in Norfolk and Suffolk this summer.

Pretty Muddy is a women-only, non-competitive 5k obstacle course – with added mud.

It will take place for the first time in the city at Earlham Park at 10am on Sunday, July 26.

Cancer Research UK's Race for Life family of events also includes the 5k and 10k courses, which thousands of women will take on at Norfolk Showground on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.

Rachel Parratt, Cancer Research UK's Norwich event manager, said: 'We're so excited about launching Race for Life Pretty Muddy in Norwich.

'The event is taking place in the city for the first time and we're calling on local ladies to sign up now. We've no doubt that they've got the fighting spirit to get down and dirty in the bid to beat cancer sooner.

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'Pretty Muddy promises all the fun and camaraderie of our much loved 5k and 10k events – just with an extra serving of mud.

'Race for Life events are not competitive. They are not about being fit or fast. Women can complete the Pretty Muddy course at their own pace, climbing, jumping, walking and laughing their way around. It's about an army of women coming together in the fight against cancer.

'If you're looking for an opportunity to get the new year off to good start, this is the time to commit to Race for Life. With fire in their bellies and trainers at the ready, we know that Norwich ladies are up for the challenge.'

Last year, 6,600 women took part in Race for Life in Norwich and raised a fantastic £439,000.

Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK's doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the East of England.

Pretty Muddy is open to women and girls over the age 13 and will have eight to 10 obstacles, with a combination of messy and muddy obstacles, climbing obstacles and crawling obstacles.

The entry fee is £14.99 for adults and £10 for under-16s. This covers the costs of staging the event series and means that money raised in sponsorship can go towards helping beat cancer.

To enter, visit or call 0300 123 0770.