Registration has opened for this year’s Race for Life in Norwich with local women being urged to get involved to raise thousands of pounds for a cancer charity.

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Thousands of women take part in the 5k runs every year and Cancer Research UK is organising the 2013 event at the Norfolk Showground on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19.

Event organisers are issuing the rallying cry “cancer, we’re coming to get you” to mums, daughters, sisters, grandmothers and friends, encouraging them to sign up as soon as possible after registration opened on Tuesday.

Last year, 7,494 women took part in Race for Life in Norwich and raised £477,618. This year, organisers are hoping more than 7,500 women and girls stride out to make a stand against cancer and help raise £475,000 for vital research.

Gemma Turpin, events manager for Cancer Research UK said: “Together, we can hit cancer where it hurts. There are over 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all. It’s fighting talk, and we mean every word we say. Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease. Participants may be decked out in pink or fancy dress but what’s inescapable is the power and strength that comes from thousands of women joining together to confront cancer.”

Every hour, more than three people are diagnosed with cancer in the East of England. To enter Norwich Race for Life, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.

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