ORGANISERS of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life event, which took place in June, are appealing for Oldham participants to pay their sponsorship as soon as possible.

More than 600 mums, daughters, sisters and friends, ran the series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy event as the North West basked in the summer heat wave.

Although organisers have sent a heart-felt message of thanks to everyone who took part and their supporters, they want to collect the sponsorship cash so that it can be used to fund life-saving research.

Kirsti Thompson, Cancer Research UK’s North West events manager, said: “Life-saving research is being funded right now thanks to the women of Oldham running, jogging or walking at Race for Life.

“Our participants play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into better treatments for patients in the North West and across the UK and we’d like to thank everyone who took part in the event.

“This was the first time we have held the event here in eight years and the atmosphere on the day was electric - full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter - as thousands of like-minded ladies came together to unite in the fight against cancer. Now we’re asking everyone who took part, and all the friends, family and colleagues who pledged to sponsor them, to return the money they’ve raised as soon as possible.

“Many people don’t realise that their entry fee only covers the cost of the event. It’s the sponsorship money that really makes a difference. Money raised - whether it’s £10 or £100 - will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to treat cancer and save more lives.”