Race for Life venue proves a hit

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THE new venue for Scarborough’s Race for Life 2011 is already proving popular - with 109 people signing up in the first two weeks alone.

The popular event, which has been held at Oliver’s Mount since 2005, will be held on Sunday May 8 in North Bay, starting and finishing at the Sea Life Centre.

The 5K 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.

Organisers say the new venue will allow over more than 4,000 people to take part - almost double the capacity of previous years.

Regular participant Lynne Cooper, of Coldyhill Lane, says she was delighted to hear about the new seaside venue.

Miss Cooper, an aromatherapy practitioner and retired nurse wrote to the Evening news last year to suggest moving the event to the seafront.

She said: “I’m really pleased. It’s such a great event and a really spectacular sight, so this will allow more people to enjoy it.

“A lot of my friends had dropped out in previous years because of difficulties in getting up to the Mount.

“Now they’re taking part again and I think other people will do the same.”

Miss Cooper added that she thinks the move will be good for Scarborough and could even bring more visitors to the town that weekend.

Race for Life has been working closely with Scarborough Council to make arrangements for the event. More details about the exact route will be released shortly.

Claire Wase, Race for Life event manager for Scarborough, said: “The plans are going really well so far and looking at the amount of people who have signed up so far, it’s all very positive.”

The team will be in Scarborough on Friday February 11 at various locations, including the Brunswick Shopping Centre, to give out information and help people sign up.

Mrs Wase added: “We’re looking forward to speaking to people in town and getting their feedback about the new venue.”

One in three people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives. However more people are beating the disease than ever before and Cancer Research UK’s work is at the heart of that progress.

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