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Race for Life to beat cancer

Women and girls looking for a little extra motivation to achieve their 2018 fitness goals should check out Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life calendar.

Most of us will know someone whose life has been touched by cancer and there are a number of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events on our doorstep. It’s a great experience to share with family and friends and you’ll be supporting and raising money for a great cause.

Race for Life ribbon logo 2018

The 5k is an achievable distance for all abilities and you can run, jog or walk. Add a bit of training and you can push yourself further and have a go at the 10k.

The Pretty Muddy is an obstacle course and 5k and 10k options are available featuring a mud slide, A-frame, cargo nets, mud pit, tyres, tunnels and spider’s web. There is even a junior event for girls up to the age of 12 (minimum height requirement 1.2m) which are held on the same day.

Pretty Muddy 2018

Fancy a go? Then recruit a few girlfriends to join you and pick from the following:-

* May 20, Prestwold Hall, Loughborough – Pretty Muddy Kids, 5k and 10k

* June 2, Burghley Park, Stamford – Pretty Muddy Kids and 5k

* June 3, Burghley Park, Stamford – 5k and 10k

* June 3, Victoria Embankment, Nottingham – 5k and 10k

* June 10, Market Place, Loughborough – 5k

* July 8, Victoria Park, Leicester – 5k and 10k

* September 8, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham – Pretty Muddy Kids and 5k

The campaign website has some handy training plans to get you race-ready in just six weeks (or pop along to Melton Running Club on a Monday or Wednesday) plus some specific exercises to build core strength and stamina (just do 15 to 20 minutes a couple of times a week).

You’ll also be able to set up your own giving page to collect sponsorship and can accessorise your outfit with everything from pink wigs to tutus.

On the day itself make sure you wear some comfortable and supportive trainers/running shoes and a sports bra. Remember to stay hydrated, be sun smart and warm up properly. Set off at a sensible conversational pace . . . and don’t forget to smile!

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