Race for Life is on at weekend in Leicester – whatever the weather
After being postponed twice, a Race for Life will finally take place this weekend – whatever the weather.
Soggy conditions in Western Park, Leicester, in June saw the event first being put back to July.
However, when the new date approached, the park was still waterlogged and the race had to be postponed again.
Despite the forecast for rain on Sunday, organisers at Cancer Research UK said runs on Saturday and Sunday would definitely go ahead.
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Midlands Race for Life manager Katie Browning said: "If there's some rain it won't matter – we had the Loughborough run in torrential rain in June and we had the best day ever.
"The reason the Leicester event had to be postponed was the continuous rain in the days leading up to it.
"So, the Leicester runs will happen this weekend and the event will be lots of fun, with 7,000 runners on Saturday and another 4,000 on Sunday.
"There will also be bouncy castles and face painting. We're really looking forward to it."
Runners who took part in the Loughborough run, which took place at Prestwold Hall on June 24, are being urged to get their sponsorship money in.
On average, only two out of three women who take part in Race for Life events each year return any money.
Currently, the Loughborough event organisers have received about 60 per cent of the total £207,000 they are expecting from the 2,674 runners.
Katie said: "Now the big day is over, we are asking our supporters to take one last step – by returning the money they have raised so we can go on funding much-needed research. Whatever the amount, we're asking everyone to make every effort to return their sponsorship money as soon as possible.
"It can be paid in online, by phone or by cheque."
Cancer survivor Sarah Chalmers, 38, of Shepshed, who sounded the starting horn and gave a speech at the race in June, urged women to hand their money in.
She said: "It was amazing to see so many women and girls of all ages joining the biggest fight against cancer.
"I was devastated when I was diagnosed with cancer.
"But, thanks to research, I am here today.
"I have been determined to raise as much money as possible for Race for Life because I wanted to help everyone touched by cancer by supporting Cancer Research UK's vital work."
Katie said volunteers were still needed for Sunday's Race for Life, which begins at Western Park at 11am.
She urged husbands, fathers and boyfriends attending the event to help hand out medals and do other jobs on the day.
Anyone wishing to volunteer should go to the blue and white Cancer Research UK tent when they arrive at the park.
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