MUMS from Redditch and Bromsgrove are being urged to join the fight against cancer by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

For the first time, grown-up sons will be able to take part alongside their mothers as Cancer Research UK opens up the Race for Life events to everyone.

Taking part in the Race for Life is a hugely moving experience as people come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer, celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived or support those going through treatment.

Many people will be taking part in their local event, which includes one in Arrow Valley Park in Redditch on June 9, alongside their mums, while others will be participating to honour their memory.

Katie Bevan, Cancer Research UK’s Redditch Event Manager, is urging families in Redditch and Bromsgrove to join this year's Race for Life.

“Our Race for Life events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting," she said.

"You don’t need to be sporty to take part. You don’t have to train, and you certainly don’t need to compete against anyone else.

"It’s a perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.

Katie added: “We encourage our participants to help raise money in whatever way they like – there are lots of ideas on the Race for Life website."

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but 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.

To join Race for Life or for more information about the Redditch event, visit or call 0300 123 0770.