Lionesses ready to take on 2012 Race For Life

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A GROUP of women who train and play together for the Rugby Lionesses have teamed up to take part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

The full squad of 15 women – who range in ages from 18 to 40 – were inspired to enter to promote the benefits of sport while raising money for a charity close to their hearts.

Now they are urging their mums, grandmas, friends, family and other colleagues to join them as they issue the rallying cry: “It’s all of us versus cancer!”

Captain Gemma Booker, from Rugby, said: “We are really looking forward to taking part in Race for Life. We were inspired to sign up as a way of getting fitter and showing our support. So many people are touched by the disease and we wanted to do something positive to help support Cancer Research UK’s life saving work.

“It’s all of us versus cancer so we want as many people as possible – regardless of their fitness level – to join us.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in partnership with Tesco is a women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year for life-saving research into 200 types of cancer – helping men, women and children across the region survive.

Race for Life is non-competitive. Women can choose whether to walk, jog or run the 5k or 10k route. Most are able to walk 5k in an hour.

The Rugby Lionesses are going to run the 5k course at Rugby School on Sunday, July 1. Last year, 1,300 women walked, jogged or ran Race for Life in Rugby and raised £85,000.

This year organisers are hoping that 1,500 women will enter and help hit a fundraising target of £92,000.

Victoria Meikle, Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life event manager in Rugby, said: “We are very grateful to the team from Rugby Lionesses.

“We know many women want to take part in Race for Life but are worried they won’t be able to complete the course. We want to reassure them that Race for Life is not about being fast or fit. Instead, it’s a celebration of sisterhood and hope.

“Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun.

“The really startling fact is that in the same period of time, around two people in the West Midlands will be diagnosed with cancer.”

Women in the West Midlands can enter Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at or by calling 0871 641 1111.