Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 11:47

WOMEN from across Cornwall are being invited to do something amazing by signing up for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2009 and raising money for research to help more people survive cancer.

This year Race for Life takes place at the Eden Project on Sunday, 7 June at 7pm.

And for the first time ever, event organisers and Eden Project management are offering a unique opportunity to experience a truly ‘international’ Race for Life as a new course which will now start and finish in the main heart of the Eden site will allow participants to meander through the Mediterranean before embarking on a short ramble through the rainforest… and that’s not to mention an English summer evening!

Last year over 1100 women walked, jogged or ran the event and raised an incredible £55,000.

In 2009, organisers are encouraging 1500 women to put their best feet forward and increase fundraising to £76,000, every penny of which will go towards funding Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2009 is the UK’s largest women only fundraising series. Women of all ages and fitness levels are invited to do something amazing by signing up for the 5k event and joining together to walk, jog or run 5k to raise money to help beat cancer.

Many women who walk, jog or run are cancer survivors or are participating in memory or celebration of a loved one whose life has been touched by cancer.

Scott Renken, Race for Life Area Event Manager for Devon and Cornwall, said: “We hope that everyone will accept our unique invitation to do something amazing by taking part in Race for Life at the Eden Project this year.

“The revised route incorporates a pathway through the iconic Biome structures –the biggest greenhouse in the world – and will lead participants on a journey through two distinct micro-climates as they walk, jog or run 5k and raise money to fund the work of Cancer Research UK.

“Women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes join in. They motivate and inspire each other to complete the 5k course. Many simply walk round, chatting and having fun but they all share the wonderful spirit of sisterhood and pride on the day.”

Cancer Research UK spends millions of pounds each year in the South West region. One example of this work is the funding of scientists who are co-ordinating a national clinical trial for a type of blood cancer called mantle cell lymphoma. The researchers are investigating whether adding a new drug, rituximab, to the standard chemotherapy treatment will help to improve survival.

Scott Renken continued: “The number of people surviving cancer is increasing. In the 1960s, less than three out of ten children diagnosed with cancer were successfully treated. Now, it’s seven out of ten. Today, more than 95% of men diagnosed with testicular cancer are cured and more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before.”

He added: “But we still have a long way to go. Despite improvements in treatment, one in four people in the UK will die from cancer. With your help, we want to change that. Cancer Research UK believes that research is the key to developing better ways of preventing, detecting and treating cancer.”

Gaynor Coley, Managing Director of the Eden Project, said: “Many of us are touched by cancer and many of us will have friends and family that have benefited from cancer research. A lot of the Eden Team have signed up to participate in the Race for Life, so it is with great pleasure that we offer our spectacular location for this inspirational event.

“Eden was built on a combination of many things, but science and optimism are at our heart. We hope this is a great day for raising money to help research make a difference to many more people.”

Eden is pleased to offer all Race for Life participants free of charge entry to the site on Sunday 7 June. Their friends and family can make the most of half-price tickets until 4pm – after 4pm they can enter the site free to give support.

Eden Project participants will be part of a total of 680,000 women from across the UK, taking part at over 230 events between May and July. Cancer Research UK hopes that together they will raise a total of £60 million to fund the charity’s life saving work.

Women in the South West are invited to enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at or by calling 0871 641 2282.