Race For Life runners under starter’s orders

The Bury St Edmunds Tesco branch Race For Life team.  (some of them anyway)
The Bury St Edmunds Tesco branch Race For Life team. (some of them anyway)
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With just over three weeks to go until Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Bury St Edmunds, there is still time to sign up to take part.

The morning race at Nowton Park on June 24 is now full but places are available in the afternoon race and there are roles for anyone wanting to assist as volunteers.

Gemma Turpin, senior area event manager for Race for Life, said: “It is fantastic that 2,866 women have already responded to our invitation in Bury. We are hoping to encourage any women who haven’t signed up yet to enter the afternoon event and help us to create a great party atmosphere on the day.”

Shirley Lytham is one of the many women already signed-up.

It will be her fourth race and is even more meaningful this year after the death of her mother, who passed-away in March after being diagnosed with cancer in 2008.

The mother-of-two, from Bury, said: “Last year it was all about keeping the fight going but this year it will mean an awful lot more.

“I’ve seen the work that’s being done first-hand and how much mum wanted to fight – they (the doctors) did everything to help but there’s more work to be done to end the pain and suffering the many different types of cancers are causing.”

She will be joined on the day by more than 20 of her colleagues from Tesco, in Bury.

Andrew Doherty, store manager at Tesco, said: “We are all really excited about supporting Race for Life and celebrating Tesco’s 11th year supporting the race.

“The atmosphere on the day is fantastic and it’s great to see so many people rallying together for the cause.”

Participants are encouraged to arrive early to take part in a warm-up, from 9am for the 11am race and from 12.30pm for the 2pm race, which will be led this year by Karen Perkins from the Rosemary Conley group.

The 5k route will take walkers, joggers and runners around the edges of Nowton Park, allowing many to see its less familiar areas.

There will be donation stations for any unwanted clothes, with each bag donated generating £30 for the charity, and use of the car park will be free.

A team from the Bury Free Press will be taking part in memory of a colleague who lost her fight with cancer at the start of the year. To show your support, go to: www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/team-bfp

To enter the race, or to find out how you can help, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.