Men: do your bit for our women at the big race

Water - Race for Life
Water - Race for Life

A PLEA for volunteers to help out at Rugby’s first ever Race for Life has been made by organisers.

The Cancer Research UK event on July 31 still needs to find people - male or female - to help on the day.

Advertiser reporter Pete Horton is the latest person to get involved in the run, a first for Rugby.

He said: “I’ve been impressed by people’s enthusiasm for Race for Life so far and since I can’t run it I thought it was only fair that I got involved in some other way.

“As it’s such a huge event I’m sure they’ll be a great atmosphere on the day and I’m really looking forward to it.”

He added: “I’ve been fortunate so far in life in that I’ve not known many people affected by cancer, but unfortunately chances are that will change sooner or later. But thanks to charities like Cancer Research UK, survival rates are increasing all the time - that’s why I’d urge everyone to get involved.”

Although the run itself is girls and women-only, there’s a number of ways you can help the cause, whatever your age or sex.

Malcolm Freeman, who runs Oxygen Graphics in Albert Street, Rugby, has agreed to sponsor the vests worns by the Advertiser team taking part in the event.

He said: “My granddad died of cancer four years ago so I think Cancer Research is a worthy cause.

“Everyone knows someone affected by cancer and I think Cancer Research UK do a fantastic job.”

So far 1,265 women have signed up to take part and the closing date is July 28.

There will be face-painting, children’s amusements and activities from Ken Marriott Leisure Centre on the day as well the Race Boutique. Visitors are also encouraged to bring donations.

Telephone the Race for Life hotline on 0871 641 1111.