Get set to try out new route at Race for Life

THE new route for Scarborough’s Race for Life 2011 has now been revealed by organisers.

The popular event, which has been held at Oliver’s Mount since 2005, will be held on Sunday May 8 in North Bay.

Participants will follow a stunning seafront route which will be 5K, or just over three miles, from start to finish.

It will start from the Sea Life Centre and runners will go along the promenade, past the Open Air Theatre, along the Marine Drive as far as Hairy Bob’s Cave and then double back along the Drive and the promenade to the Sea Life Centre.

The women-only race in aid of Cancer Research UK was a huge success last year with 1,516 participants raising over £67,000 to help fund the charity’s lifesaving work.

Latest figures show that 346 entrants have already signed up to the race with 11 weeks still to go.

Organisers are hoping that around 2,200 people will take part and raise a target figure of around £111,600.

However the new venue could allow for up to 4,000 people to take part if necessary - almost double the capacity of previous years.

Claire Wase, Race for Life event manager for Scarborough, said: “We’re really pleased with the amount of entries so far.

“We’re hoping for an increase week after week as more people hear about the event.

“I also think the new venue will attract a lot of people - not just participants but supporters too who can come along and cheer on the day.”

The Race for Life team signed up a number of entrants at a recent information day in Scarborough.

Stalls were set up in the Brunswick Shopping Centre, Compass Health and Fitness and the University of Hull Scarborough Campus.

Mrs Wase said: “It was great to come and meet people in Scarborough and we got lots of positive feedback about the new venue.”

Women of all ages can enter Race for Life by going to www.raceforlife.org or by calling 0871 641 1111.