‘Shining’ at night for Cancer Research UK

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Cancer Research UK have just announced “Shine” their newest fundraising event taking place on Saturday, 17th April 2010.

Shine is Cancer Research UK’s first night time marathon walk, taking place in the illuminated city of Manchester! The event will feature 5000 participants taking part in a “procession of light” which will pass through many of the cities famous landmarks – including Old Trafford and the Town Hall.

Shine is not just unique in the fact that its the first walking marathon organised by Cancer Research UK, it also give participants the option of selecting which specific area of Cancer Research they would like to see their fundraising efforts support. The research areas for participants to choose from include breast, lung, and prostate, amongst others (there are 12 research areas in total) and entrants also have the option of fundraising for research into all types of cancer.

As well as a choice over which area of Cancer Research they can support, Shine also gives participants the chanced to choose their distance. There are two routes available, a Half Marathon at 13.1 miles or the full marathon at 26.2 miles.

Clive Sanders, Senior Events Manager at Cancer Research UK has said that he hopes Shine’s supporters will

“embrace Shine with as much enthusiasm as they have our other fundraising events such as Race for Life and Run 10k. We would encourage everyone to enter and pledge to raise as much money as possible for vital research into cancer.”

With one in three of us diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives the road is travelled by many, yet everyone’s cancer journey is unique to them, whether they are affected directly or through family and friends. While Shine is one event for thousands of people, participants can choose the length of their route and which cancer to fundraise for so that their Shine experience can be unique to them.” he says

Whilst not a full blown run, a walking marathon is definitely more hardcore than a simple “walk in the park” and training for this event is definitely worthwhile. If you’re a keen runner why not incorprate this into your existing training schedule as part of a wider training plan?

More information is available from https://shine.cancerresearchuk.org/. Registrations for Shine, Manchester 2010 started on 19th October 09 so what are you waiting for? The cost is £30 and the walk starts at 10pm on Saturday 17th April.

Click here to SHINE for Cancer Research and register today!

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