THE organisers of this year’s Race for Life say they hope the event will raise almost £500,000 for Cancer Research UK.
More than 7,000 women will take to the streets of Portsmouth this Sunday.
And organisers are predicting that around £470,000 will be raised at the event on Southsea Common.
So far, 5,462 women have entered the 5k and 1,762 have signed up to take part in the 10k.
They include many cancer survivors of all ages.
Event manager Suzi Dent said the preparation for this year’s race is going well.
‘Race for Life at Portsmouth is always a heart-warming event,’ she said.
‘It’s one of the largest in England.
‘Looking at all the signs women wear, describing why they are taking part is a very emotional experience.
‘The messages are moving, uplifting and mainly very inspiring.
‘Many of the women taking part have survived cancer themselves or are participating in tribute to loved ones whose lives have been touched by the disease.
‘I feel so proud and grateful to everyone who is taking part in Race for Life in Portsmouth, and to all the family, friends and colleagues who are supporting them.
‘Some ladies are worried that they won’t be able to complete the course.
‘But Race for Life is not at all competitive and most women are able to walk the 5k route in an hour.
‘Taking part in Race for Life is a remarkable opportunity to change the lives and future of people with the disease.’
Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its ground-breaking research.
It means that money raised through Race for Life is crucial to the pioneering work of doctors, nurses and scientists to fight 200 types of cancer.
And Suzi is encouraging people to sign up as there are still some spaces left.
‘There are a few hours to go now before registration closes,’ she said.
‘The battle against cancer never stops and there are still places left in the 5k and 10k events, so I hope more women will join up before entries close.’
To enter please visit raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111. Entries close at midnight tomorrow.