Promoted by Mark Ward-Jones on behalf of the Torfaen Constituency Labour Party at 27 Brunel Road, Fairwater, Cwmbran, Torfaen NP44 4QT.
Torfaen MP Nick Thomas-Symonds laced up his trainers and joined the fight against cancer this week by taking part in a mile run for Cancer Research UK.
He united with fellow MPs, from across the UK, to take part in the event, called The Extra Mile, around St James Park, London, on 19 April.
In the UK, more than four in ten cancer cases each year could be prevented largely through changes to lifestyle such as keeping a healthy weight and being physically active*. Even if people don’t do any physical activity at the moment, just getting started can make a difference – and the amount they do can be built up over time.
By taking part, Mr Thomas-Symonds helped to highlight how Cancer Research UK’s running challenges can help people to be more active, as well as raise money for life-saving research.
Nick Thomas-Symonds said: “We know getting active can significantly reduce your risk of cancer, but taking those first steps can be daunting. As MPs, we spend a lot of time at our desks so we’re not necessarily the fittest or fastest bunch, but with 3,500 cancer cases in Torfaen every year I was keen to don my running shoes to help raise vital awareness and funds.
“It’s thanks to research that half of people diagnosed with cancer now survive. But half is not enough. That’s why I’m calling on the local community to go the extra mile and get active to help fight the disease.
“As well as the fantastic Cancer Research events, I would encourage Torfaen residents to get involved in a local Park Run. The one in Pontypool has been so successful that with the support of the Council organisers are looking to establish another in Cwmbran. They are a great opportunity to start running in a relaxed environment where speed doesn’t matter. I want to thank all of the wonderful volunteers who give up their time to make them possible.”
There are lots of ways to get moving and help beat cancer sooner by signing up for one of the charity’s running events, from 10ks and half marathons for men and women, to the women-only Race for Life Series.
The family of events now includes Race for Life 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon events, as well as Pretty Muddy – a 5k obstacle course with lashings of extra mud. Locally, Cancer Research are hosting a 5k race in Cwmbran on Sunday 19th June 2016.
Alison Cox, Director of Cancer Prevention at Cancer Research UK, said: “There are over 200 types of cancer and we won’t stop until we find cures for them all. We’re grateful to Nick Thomas-Symonds MP for helping to rally new recruits to our cause.
“With the arrival of lighter evenings, we hope people in Torfaen will swap their slippers for trainers and commit to get fitter by signing up for a running event. Not only will they reduce their own risk of cancer by getting more active, but every step they take in support of Cancer Research UK will bring the charity one step closer to beating cancer.”
For more information on a Cancer Research Run near you, visit http://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/choose-your-event/index.html