THIS weekend (8 and 9 July) thousands of women will join the fight against cancer at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and Pretty Muddy events in Heaton Park in Prestwich.

Over 7,600 women – including cancer survivors and people taking part in memory or celebration or a loved one – are set to come together for the 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy obstacle course events at Heaton Park.

Women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes will unite to show their commitment to the cause and help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Kirsti Thompson, Race for Life event manager for Heaton Park, said: “The atmosphere on this weekend promises to be electric – full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter – as thousands of like-minded ladies come together to join the fight against cancer.

“I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the women who participate in Race for Life Heaton Park and to all the friends, family and colleagues who support them.

“Our participants play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into better treatments for patients in the North West and across the UK and we rely on their incredible commitment to the cause.”

Organisers hope the event will raise £420,000 over the weekend for Cancer Research UK which spent over £26million on research in Manchester at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute and Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre both based at The University of Manchester, last year.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Marathon and Hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding vital research.

Money raised through Race for Life helps Cancer Research UK to fund long-term research and pioneering trials, leading to new tests and kinder treatments which could save the lives of men, women and children across the North West and beyond.

Pretty Muddy is a women-only, non-competitive 5k obstacle course – with added mud, thrills and spills. Manchester participants will tackle 10 obstacles including: balance beams, climbing nets, tunnels, crawling under cargo nets, bouncing on space hoppers, scrambling through a mud pit and sliding into a mud-chute.

Heaton Park Race for Life follows events in Stockport, Leigh, Warrington and Tatton Park.

  • There is still time to enter Race for Life events across the North West including at Heaton Park in Prestwich on Saturday and Sunday 8 and 9. Entries open until midnight Thursday. To sign up visit: or call 0300 123 0770. You can also sign up on the day at our ‘Can I Help’ Gazebo.



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