RACE organisers have announced the four official charities for the 2013 MBNA Chester Marathon.
Cancer Research UK have already been confirmed as the lead charity and runners are also being encouraged to raise funds for the North West Air Ambulance Charity, the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and CLIC Sargent.
A record 5,000 runners are expected to take to the winding country lanes of Cheshire and North Wales on Sunday, October 6.
Organisers anticipate the runners will raise more than £400,000 for worthy causes.
Andy White, joint organiser from Active Leisure Events, said: “It’s fantastic to have such a diverse range of charities on board for the 2013 race.
“We hope that runners and supporters will join us in backing them to make this year the best to date for charity funds raised.”
Since launching in 1999, the North West Air Ambulance charity has flown over 11,000 missions across the region. Helicopters fly 365 days a year with on-board doctors and paramedics providing rapid treatments and hospital transfers.
Lynda Brislin, chief executive of the North West Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We’re thrilled to be an associated charity for the marathon.
“We rely on public support and sponsorship from fantastic events like this in order to raise the £4.3m needed each year to keep our two air ambulances flying and saving lives across the region.”
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation gives help and hope to people affected by the disease, which claims more than 33,000 lives each year.
Hayley Weaver, running events fundraiser for the charity, said: “By supporting the charity, you’ll be helping to save lives and helping people by funding research, supporting nurses and providing patient relief grants.”
CLIC Sargent is a cancer charity for children and young people in
The charity ofers help from diagnosis onwards, and provides clinical, practical and emotional support to the whole family.
Emma Matthews from the charity’s running team said: “We are delighted to be an associated charity for the MBNA Chester Marathon.
“CLIC Sargent depends almost entirely on voluntary donations to fund our services for children and young people with cancer.
“Every person who chooses to run for CLIC Sargent in the MBNA Chester Marathon 2013 will be helping us to continue to provide this vital support.”
Since 2010, the MBNA Chester Marathon has enabled runners to raise over £1m for charity for a wide variety of good causes.