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WOMEN in the Journal and Gazette area are being being urged to ‘join the girls’ to help beat cancer by entering Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Organisers want local women to recruit their mums, sisters, daughters, aunties, friends and workmates now the event at Hopetoun House has opened for entries. By registering now, you will have plenty of time to plan and fundraise together before the big day out.

This year’s Race for Life takes place at Hopetoun House, on Sunday, May 8. Last year almost 2000 women took part and raised an incredible £131,000. In 2011, organisers are hoping to smash that record!

Race for Life is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series where all the money raised goes to fund Cancer Research UK’s life- saving work. Women of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities join together to walk, jog or run 5k to raise money to help beat cancer. All women are welcome, regardless of whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group.

Event manager, Gillian Forsyth said: “Every hour, around three people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland. When Race for Life started in 1994, many people diagnosed with cancer did not survive. Since then, money generated by Race for Life has supported Cancer Research UK’s work and now more people are beating the disease than ever before.”

Gillian Forsyth added: “Race for Life is a unique celebration of sisterhood and pride. The atmosphere is amazing, with local women from all walks of life coming together to make a positive difference to people affected by cancer. They motivate and inspire each other to complete the course with many simply walking round, chatting and having fun.

“In 2011, we hope more women than ever before will take part. We need our Race for Life regulars, as well as women who took part years ago, to join together with many new faces to help save more lives.”

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