It's time to get stronger, braver and muddier as new race for life events launch in Cassiobury Park

Watford women are being urged to double their distance or get down and dirty in the fight against cancer, by signing up for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Cassiobury Park.

Published: Wednesday, 5th April 2017

The town has been chosen to host Race for Life Pretty Muddy for the first time at the historic beauty spot on Saturday 10 June 2017. There will also be a new Race for Life 10k, taking place alongside the town’s 15th Race for Life 5k on Sunday 11 June 2017.

There’s no better time for ladies in Hertfordshire to pull on their trainers, get a little more active and join like-minded women committed to the cause. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to treat cancer and save more lives.

Pretty Muddy is a women-only, non-competitive 5k obstacle course - with added mud, thrills and spills. From scramble nets and climbing frames to inflatable slides and hurdles, participants will face a range of muddy obstacles to crawl under, clamber over and charge through.

Courtney Culverhouse, Cancer Research UK’s Watford Event Manager, said: “We’re so excited to bring Race for Life Pretty Muddy to Watford for the very first time. We’re calling on local ladies to limber up and muck in to make it a huge success.

“Pretty Muddy has all the fun and camaraderie of our much loved 5k and 10k events - but with an extra helping of mud. Our mud-splattered supporters give it their all and the atmosphere is electric as women of all ages, shapes and sizes unite to beat cancer."

The new Watford Race for Life 10k will initially follow the 5k course around Cassiobury Park and then head into Whippendell Woods. With a mixture of terrains and a few inclines, this is a beautiful course for those that want to challenge themselves further and experience a great sense of achievement crossing that finish line.

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Marathon and Hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding life-saving research. This year’s Watford events are being supported by Everyone Active.

Courtney continues: “Watford Pretty Muddy will be replacing the event that previously took place at Phasels Wood. Cassiobury Park is a long standing venue for Race for Life and we’re delighted that we can now offer a full weekend of exciting events; there’s something for everyone! Anyone who had signed up for the 2017 event at Phasels Wood will be given the option of being transferred to the Watford event or will receive a full refund.

“Pledging to take part in one of the events is a great motivation for women to pull on their leggings, limber up and kick-start the year. By taking part in Race for Life, they can make a real difference in the fight against cancer.

“Every day, more than 810 people are diagnosed with cancer in England. That’s why we’re calling on women to sign up right now to the events in Watford. Together, we can stop this devastating disease in its tracks.”

To enter Race for Life 5k, 10k or Pretty Muddy today go to or call 0300 123 0770.

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