Only two weeks to 2012 Womens Cancer Challenge

THE sixth Womens Cancer Challenge 5k is now only two weeks away!

The event, which starts at Lews Castle College at 12pm on Saturday, May 19th, is the largest sporting participation event in the Western isles, regularly attracting hundreds of intrepid walkers, walk/runners and runners.

And this year it is hoped numbers will increase to make the 2012 event the biggest ever, as Race Organiser Kirsty Wade says: “This year’s theme is ‘Bring a Friends’ and

we are hoping that people will encourage a friend or maybe work colleague to take part too – the atmosphere is always amazing and it would be great to encourage more women to take some physical activity. There is loads of evidence that shows that moderate exercise such as walking and gentle running has significant health benefits.

“The event started as our way of doing something positive after the death of a close friend from cancer and we can all play our part in becoming more active and raising funds for the Lewis branch of Cancer Research UK who have been nationally recognised for the amazing fund-raising efforts they undertake every year.”

Kirsty, who competed in two Olympic Games during her athletics career, has been nominated as one of the Western Isles Torchbearers when the Olympic flame visits Stornoway on Monday, June 11th.

“I was delighted to be chosen, especially as the nomination was more focussed on things like my involvement with the Womens Cancer Challenge than anything I achieved as an athlete. This event is very close to my heart!” she said.

And looking towards Race Day on May 19th, Kirsty added: “The last couple of weeks are important in preparing you for any event – make sure that you don’t train too hard and you check all the kit that you intend using on the day, make sure that everything is comfortable and that shoes fit well etc. It’s generally not the time to rush out and buy a new pair of trainers unless you are sure you will get a chance to wear them a few times before the big day!”

Entry forms for the Womens Cancer Challenge can be collected from Lewis Sports Centre reception, Sportsworld or download from

They can also be returned to Tony Wade, 3 Crowlista, Uig, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9JF, and the organisers have asked that all entries are returned as soon as possible to assist with planning for the event.