Cancer Research UK - Race for Life

Cancer Research UK - Race for Life

27 May 2017 00:00

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27th May, 2017 

READY, SET, RACE FOR LIFE.

Cancer Research UK is calling on women in Jersey to pull on their leggings, limber up and sign up now for Race for Life on Saturday, May 27 at Les Jardins De La Mer.

With warmer weather on its way, women of all ages, shapes and sizes have the perfect opportunity to get out in the fresh air and prepare for the 5k or 10k event. The inspiring women only running event raises millions of pounds every year to fund research to help beat 200 types of cancer.

Last year, 1,000 women took part in Race for Life in Jersey. This year, organisers need women and girls to rally together to help raise 50,000 pounds for vital research that will help to save the lives of men, women and children who are all suffering from cancer.

The Jersey Health Profile 2016 found that cancers are the main cause of death locally, accounting for 34 percent of all deaths. By signing up for Race for Life, alongside their mums, daughters, sisters and friends, Islanders will be helping to raise money for life-saving cancer research that will help to beat cancer sooner.

Jenny Ainsworth, Cancer Research UKs Jersey Event Manager, says:

Every day, 130 people are diagnosed with cancer in the South East. Thats why we’re urging local ladies to lace up their trainers and join us at the starting line.

Race for Life events are not competitive. They are not about being the fittest or the fastest. Taking part is about being part of a collective force of powerful women leading the charge against cancer. Whether youre a running pro or novice, every step you take will help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Anita Brown, Vice Chairman, Cancer Research UK Jersey, says:

We are very excited to welcome Race for Life 2017. Money raised by Jersey participants will ensure that Cancer Research UK can continue their important work. Cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the last 40 years. These advances have been made possible by the commitment and enthusiasm of fundraisers, but we still have a long way to go before we can say that we have beaten cancer, which is why events like Race for Life are so important. I really hope that lots of local ladies feel encouraged to sign up and take part for their chance to really make a difference.

To enter Race for Life Jersey today go to raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

To help Jersey ladies get ready to race, RunningWithUs coach Helen O Hara offers her top Race for Life training tips whether you’re planning to walk, jog or run your way around the course:

1. Follow a training guide for your event

Planning in time to go out for a walk or run helps to keep you motivated. You won’t need to spend hours pounding pavements or in the gym but a little bit of training will be enough to boost your fitness and get you to the start line excited and ready for your event.

2. Exercise with friends

Nothing gets you out of the door more than if you have a partner or group of friends to tackle the training with. Knowing you can spend time getting fit AND catching up is what makes it all the more enjoyable

3. Dont try too much too soon

Remember to ease into your training too much too soon can result in injury or might make you tired and lacking in motivation. Stay positive and start by walking as often as you can. If and when you’re ready to tackle a jog, run for small blocks of time and gradually increase the duration eventually reaching 30 minutes and beyond as your fitness and confidence grows.

4. Planning and preparation:

Things to remember to enjoy your walk, jog or run:

• Eat well beforehand and stay well hydrated.
• Have water ready at the end of your session, especially if the weather is warm.
• Carry a snack with you a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts and seeds.
• Footwear must be supportive and comfortable perhaps pay a visit to a specialist running shop so you can be fitted with the correct type of shoe for your training.
• Dress appropriately for the weather even if it’s cold to begin with you will warm up. Layers work well and most kit is lightweight and easy to tie around your waist as you go. Wear as many bright colours as you can if you train in the evening.
• On days when the sun is strong, try to keep training away from the middle of the day (11am to 3pm), pick a shady route if possible, and wear a wide-brimmed hat if you’re out for a walk. Also use plenty of sunscreen with at least SPF15 and 4 or more stars on any exposed skin waterproof versions can have more staying power on sweaty skin.