Women from the West Midlands are being invited to do something amazing by “going round again” at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at Sutton Park.

Organisers are giving women the opportunity to step up the challenge and double their distance to 10,000 metres with a new one lap 10,000-metre course through Sutton Park.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2010 is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series.

Women of all ages and fitness levels are invited to come together to walk, jog or run 5,000 metres to raise money to help beat cancer.

The Sutton Coldfield event at Sutton Park on June 19 is one of only 38 Race for Life events across the UK where women will have the chance to take on a new challenge by doubling their distance to 10,000 metres.

This year Cancer Research UK is encouraging 1,100 women to enter Race for Life 10k at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield.

When they register they will have the option to take part in the 10k course in the morning or a 5k course in the afternoon.

Laura Kavaney, Sutton Coldfield Race for Life event manager, said: “Those who take part in Race for Life often wonder if they could tackle a longer distance.

She added: “The new Race for Life optional 10k is an easy way to try out a 10,000-metre course without any extra commitment – apart from some additional training beforehand.

“Women who choose to take part in Race 10,000-metre can walk, jog or run. But by doubling their distance, they will also be doubling their fun and sense of personal achievement on the day.”

The Sutton Coldfield Race for Life was chosen by Cancer Research UK to trial the new optional 10,000-metre route because the venue is capable of accommodating the new course and the charity enjoys exceptionally strong support from the local community.

Ms Kavaney added: “The number of people surviving cancer is increasing. In the 1960s, fewer than three out of 10 children diagnosed with cancer were successfully treated. Now, more than seven out of 10.

“Today, more than 95 per cent of men diagnosed with testicular cancer are cured and more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before,” she added.

“But we still have a long way to go. Despite improvements in treatment, cancer causes one in four of all deaths in the UK.

“With the help of Sutton Coldfield women, and those who encourage and sponsor their Race for Life efforts, we want to change that. Cancer Research UK believes that research is the key to developing better ways of preventing, detecting and treating cancer.”

* Women are invited to enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at www.raceforlife.org or by calling 0871 641 1111.