My summer with Cancer Research UK

This summer I was lucky enough to work as an Events Assistant as part of the North Events Team for Cancer Research UK after my good friend Beth sent me a link to the job and convinced me to apply. One of 15 EA’s we supported the Area Event Managers in delivering Race for Life and Pretty Muddy events across Yorkshire including Ilkley, Leeds, Harrogate and Rotherham – to name but a few.

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Race for Life and Pretty Muddy are part of a series of women only events all in the aim of raising as much money as possible to help beat cancer. Race for Life (probably the most well known of CRUK events) consists of a 5km or 10km route which women can choose to walk, jog or run. Pretty Muddy as the name suggests consists of a muddy obstacle course which sees participants bopping about on space hoppers, climbing over ropes and whizzing down muddy slides.

Now I for one are all about encouraging women to participate in sport (after discovering a new found love of fitness this year) and what I love the most about these events are that you can literally be at any ability to join in. If you’re a marathon runner – great get involved! If you’ve never run in your life and are happy with a gentle stroll – great get involved! On event days you will literally see a whole range of people of different ages from different backgrounds with different abilities but what brings them together is the reason why they are there and that’s to help kick cancers butt.

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Now I’m not going to lie…. I first saw this job as another thing to add to my CV. As someone who has been working in events for the past three years I wanted to gain more hands on experience and challenge myself with larger scale events – however  I’m very fortunate that it turned into much more than that. In addition to obviously gaining more events experience and building my confidence I met some absolutely fantastic people including fellow colleagues, volunteers and of course those sassy brave women taking part who at every event inspired me to be believe in myself.

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The loyalty of volunteers was undeniable with some having dedicated their summers to the events season for the past 5, 10, 15, 20+ years. They were absolutely lovely, taking us newbies under their wing and showing us how it should be done!

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I would highly recommend getting involved in any way you can with Cancer Research UK events – whether that’s participating, volunteering or applying to be a part of the EA programme. It was an absolute pleasure being a part of the pink army – thanks for having me!

Hell hath no fury like a woman in pink. 

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To find out more about how you can get involved visit here.

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