Race is on to get signed up

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THE countdown to Scarborough’s Race for Life 2011 is well under way with less than a month to go until the big event.

More than 1,000 women of all ages have already signed up to take part and there is still time to register.

This year promises to be a special one in the history of the event as it will feature a new route around Scarborough’s North Bay and part of Marine Drive.

The popular event, which had been held at Oliver’s Mount since 2005, will be held on Sunday May 8, starting at the Sea Life Centre at 9am.

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

Starting from the Sea Life Centre, 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 1,020 people have signed up so far. 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 hit the 1,000 target last week so thank you to everyone who helped give the extra push.

“But please don’t stop there! Hopefully we will soon be well on the way to reaching last year’s entry total of 1,516 participants.”

Mrs Wase thanked everyone for their support so far and encouraged anyone wishing to take part who has not signed up already to do so as soon as possible.

She added that she was delighted about the number of people who have already registered, especially as this year’s event is taking place 10 weeks earlier than last year’s.

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