PREPARATIONS are already in full swing for this year's Race for Life event at Prospect Park.

People are being encouraged to get signed up for the annual event, which will be taking place on July 13 and 14.

The series of races includes routes for all ages and capabilities, including a Pretty Muddy event for children to enjoy.

This year is the first time Cancer Research UK is inviting men, women and children to get involved.

Fiona Miller, event manager, said: “Our Race for Life events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting.

"They help people with cancer by raising money for research, including clinical trials which give patients in Reading access to the latest treatments.

“You don’t have to be sporty to take part. You don’t need to train or compete against anyone else.

"All you need to do is go to the Race for Life website, pick an event, sign up and then have fun raising money in whatever way you like.”

Anyone who is unsure about whether or not to register is able to take advantage of an offer running this January.

There is 30 per cent off entry fees this month with the code 'RFL30' with funds raised being used to help fight cancer.

Fiona added: “Our Race for Life events have been women-only since they started, over 25 years ago.

"But we now feel the time is right to open them up so that everyone has the chance to participate together.

“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer, at some point during their lifetime. Sadly, this means nearly everyone is touched by the disease, either directly or through a loved one or friend.

“To make a significant difference in the fight against cancer we need to harness as much energy and commitment as possible; so what better way than involving everyone in the community in our events.”

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