Local women are being urged to take their own steps to fitness by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.
By taking part in the event and encouraging mums, daughters,sisters and friends to joing them, participants can improve their health, work towards a goal and raise money for life-saving research.
Becoming more active also has longer-term benefits, as research shows that even regular,moderate physical activity can help reduce the risk of cancer. Not only does it help people to keep a healthy body weight, but physical activity in itself can reduce the risk of some types of the disease.
Angela Wilson, Cancer Research UK’s event manager, said: “Many of us watch the Virgin Money London Marathon on tv and feel hugely inspired by the stories and spirit of the runners.
“This year, we want all those women who feel moved to take action right now by choosing their Race for Life event. Race for Life events are not competitive. They are about an army of women crossing the finish line together in the fight against cancer.Whatever the distance, every step taken around the course will help bring us one step closer to the day when all cancers are cured.
“The atmosphere is incredibly supportive – pledging to take part,alongside thousands of like-minded women, is a great motivation.”
Events are being held in Stirling, Glasgow, Inverness, Falkirk, Aberdeen, Dundee and Kirkcaldy. For more details, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.