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Probably the most well-known women-only charity run in the UK. Race for Life is back this summer with over 230 different events taking place. It really is a remarkable event and since 1994, participants have raised over 493 million for Cancer Research UK.

I ran the race last year in memory of my Grandad, who suffered from cancer. It was the most rewarding experience. There is such a sense of community and overwhelming support between runners. This year I'll be running the Hyde Park 10k race on Sunday 14th July.

Race for Life 2012

It costs only 10 to sign up for either a 5k or 10k distance. Walk, jog, dance or run whatever your ability it is open to everyone and even if you don't know anyone effected by cancer, this event is such a great way to give back, there is no minimum fundraising amount so just raise as much as you can.

As part of signing up, you receive a fundraising pack complete with posters and fundraising ideas and additional information on how to prepare for your event. Also provided online are training plans according to whether you are walking, jogging or running the 5k or 10k distance.

My top tips for everyone taking part:
1. Check out the materials online and advice from previous runners.
2. Make sure you run at a pace you are comfortable with. Remember the race is timed but the important thing is to complete the course safely.

And just before you run on the day:
1. Make sure you wear the right stuff! Comfy (well worn in) trainers, a sports bra and your token 'pink' garment are essential
2. Check the weather; last year I ran the race during a heat wave and was less then prepared. Hydration, sun protection and sunglasses are so important.
3. Remember to warm up and cool down properly.
4. Then get yourself to the pub for a well deserved drink.

Make it across the finish line and you get your very own Race for Life medal and goody bag to say well done.

Who will you be running for?

Race for Life 2012
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Why? Fundraise for a fantastic cause
When: Summer 2013
Where: All over the UK
Cost: 10 entry
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