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Peterborough women are being urged to fight dirty when it comes to conquering cancer – by signing up now for an exciting new event from Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Peterborough’s been chosen to host one of just a select few Race for Life Pretty Muddy events taking place in the region this summer.

Pretty Muddy is a women-only, non-competitive 5k obstacle course – with added mud. It will take place for the first time in Cambridgeshire at Peterborough Arena, East of England Showground on Sunday June 21.

It’s the perfect challenge for those looking to shake off the January blues and commit to get more active in 2015.


Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life family of events also includes the 5k course which thousands of women will take on in Ferry Meadows on Tuesday July 7 to raise money for life-saving research.

Every hour, more than three people are diagnosed with cancer in the East of England. And that’s why Cancer Research UK is calling on Peterborough women to fight back against this devastating disease by choosing their challenge – Pretty Muddy, 5k or 10k – and signing up now.

Julie Braithwaite, Cancer Research UK’s Peterborough’s Event Manager, said: “We’re so excited about launching Race for Life Pretty Muddy in Peterborough. The event is taking place at Peterborough Arena for the first time and we’re calling on local ladies to sign up now. We’ve no doubt that they’ve got the fighting spirit to get down and dirty in the bid to beat cancer sooner.

“Pretty Muddy promises all the fun and camaraderie of our much loved 5k and 10k events – just with an extra serving of mud.

“Race for Life events are not competitive. They are not about being fit or fast. Women can complete the Pretty Muddy course at their own pace, climbing, jumping, walking and laughing their way around. It’s about an army of women coming together in the fight against cancer.

“If you’re looking for an opportunity to get the New Year off to good start, this is the time to commit to Race for Life. With fire in their bellies and trainers at the ready, we know that Peterborough ladies are up for the challenge.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events which raises millions of pounds every year to help beat 200 different types of cancer.

Last year, 2969 women took part in Race for Life in Peterborough and raised a fantastic £143,670. This year, organisers are aiming for more with a brand new 10k in Cambridge, a new Pretty Muddy plus the already established Race for Life at Ferry Meadows – striding out to help raise even more funds for vital research.

Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the East of England.

Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. But more funds and more supporters are needed to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Julie continued: “We’re calling on the brave ladies of Peterborough to pull on their leggings and take on cancer at this year’s event.

“Race for Life is to celebrate those who are with us, and also remember those who are not. The atmosphere is electric, our participants are so inspiring and we’re calling on the women of Peterborough to help make 2015 our best year yet.”

To enter Race for Life today go to or call 0300 123 0770.


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