As Mother’s Day approaches (Sunday March 10), Cancer Research UK is calling on all Peterborough mums and daughters to unite and enter Race for Life together.

Signing up to Race for Life with their mums is a unique opportunity for women to show how much they care.

Buying a place in the event, which takes place on Sunday June 2 in Stamford and on Tuesday July 9 in Peterborough is a great excuse for mothers and daughters to spend quality time together as they walk, jog, run or even dance their way around the 5k route.

And there’s the added benefit of supporting Cancer Research UK’s vital work which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children diagnosed with cancer throughout East.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.


Julie Braithwaite, Cancer Research UK’s  East Events Manager, told ESP – “Mother’s Day is the special occasion when we acknowledge that universal truth – it’s mums who make the world go round! 

“We want to encourage women in Stamford and Peterborough to buy their mums a very special gift this year – a place in Race for Life.  And by signing up themselves, they will be able to stand together, side by side, on the start line in a defiant gesture to cancer. 

“We want to recruit a formidable Mum’s Army, ready to take on cancer and win.  We all know how committed mothers can be when they really make up their minds to do something.  And we want to harness that power and create a unique force that will stop cancer in its tracks, by raising money for crucial research.”

Every hour, around two people are diagnosed with cancer in the East*.  That’s why women and girls of all ages, shapes and sizes are needed to join together to hit cancer where it hurts at Burghley House.

Last year, 3223 women took part in Race for Life in Peterborough and raised a fantastic £146,532. This year, organisers need 3300 participants to stride out and help raise £135,000 .

Julie continued – “Women of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of fitness take part in Race for Life. They come from different backgrounds and walks of life but they are united by their absolute determination to take on cancer and beat it. 

“Race for Life is non-competitive.  So there’s no need to worry about being fit or fast.  Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun.

“Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease. Participants may be decked out in pink or fancy dress but what’s inescapable is the power and strength that comes from thousands of women joining together to confront cancer.”

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research but with help from the people of Peterborough, the charity intends to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Julie concluded – “There are over 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all. It’s fighting talk, and we mean every word we say. Cancer, Peterborough’s mums are coming to get you.”

To enter Race for Life today go to or call 0845 600 6050.

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