ILKLEY mums and daughters are being urged to join the fight against cancer by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

The charity is inviting women of all ages, shapes and sizes to enter Race for Life 5k which takes place on Sunday, June 17 at East Holmes Field, Denton Road, Ilkley.

Katie Mathers, Cancer Research UK’s Ilkley event manager, said: “We are urging mums and daughters in Ilkley to make this Mother’s Day extra special by signing up to Race for Life.

“By signing up to Race for Life, women in Ilkley can make a real difference in the fight against cancer. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists and doctors find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.

“Taking part in Race for Life is a special and unique experience - full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter. By joining like-minded ladies committed to the cause, women can unite against a disease that affects us all in some way. Whether they plan to pound the pavements or amble to the finish line, every step participants take will help to support crucial research.”

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Katie added: “Every day, 87 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire. That’s why we’re calling on ladies to sign up right now and join women from every walk of life at the start line this summer.

“Money raised through Race for Life is helping to drive research to help beat over 200 different types of cancer - that’s why every step, every person and every penny raised counts.”

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