Shropshire women urged to get Pretty Muddy as new Race for Life launches at Weston

Shropshire women are being urged to fight dirty when it comes to conquering cancer – by signing up for an exciting new event from Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Weston Park has been chosen to host one of just four Race for Life Pretty Muddy events taking place in the Midlands this summer and has been chosen to host the ONLY 10km Pretty Muddy event in the country.  The 10k event will be open for entries in February.  However you can book your 5k place now!

Pretty Muddy is a women-only, non-competitive obstacle course – with added mud.  It will take place for the first time at Weston Park on Saturday 2 May.

It’s the perfect challenge for those looking to shake off the January blues and commit to get more active in 2015.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life family of events also includes the 5k courses which will be taking place in Telford on 31 May and Shrewsbury on 14 June.

Every hour, more than three people are diagnosed with cancer in the West Midlands*. And that’s why Cancer Research UK is calling on Shropshire women to fight back against this devastating disease by choosing their challenge – Pretty Muddy, 5k or 10k – and signing up now.

Emily Thompson, Cancer Research UK’s Shropshire Event Manager, said: “We’re so excited about launching Race for Life Pretty Muddy at Weston Park. The event is taking place in the area for the first time and we’re calling on local ladies to sign up now. We’ve no doubt that they’ve got the fighting spirit to get down and dirty in the bid to beat cancer sooner.

“Pretty Muddy promises all the fun and camaraderie of our much loved 5k events – just with an extra serving of mud.

“Race for Life events are not competitive. They are not about being fit or fast. Women can complete the Pretty Muddy course at their own pace, climbing, jumping, walking and laughing their way around. It’s about an army of women coming together in the fight against cancer.

“If you’re looking for an opportunity to get the New Year off to good start, this is the time to commit to Race for Life. With fire in their bellies and trainers at the ready, we know that Shropshire ladies are up for the challenge.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events which raises millions of pounds every year to help beat 200 different types of cancer.

Last year, 3808 women took part in Race for Life in Shropshire and raised a fantastic £199,255. This year, organisers need 6750 women and girls to stride out to help raise £300,000 for vital research.

Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the West Midlands.

Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. But more funds and more supporters are needed to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Emily continued: “We’re calling on the brave ladies of Shropshire to pull on their leggings and take on cancer at this year’s event.

“Race for Life is to celebrate those who are with us, and also remember those who are not. The atmosphere is electric, our participants are so inspiring and we’re calling on the women of Shropshire to help make 2015 our best year yet.”

To enter Race for Life today go to or call 0300 123 0770.