Yorkshire Cancer Research is encouraging people to explore some of Yorkshire’s beauty spots with the launch of five exercise routes.
As part of the charity’s new Step Out for Yorkshire campaign, which begins on Sunday (1st May), Hidden Treasures boasts a series of routes showcasing every corner of Yorkshire.
Routes are located in Beverley Westwood, Bolton Abbey, Langsett Reservoir, Otley Chevin and Whitby, and feature a range of easy to moderate exercise options that people can walk, run or cycle.
The Hidden Treasures routes aim to motivate and inspire individuals to exercise, whilst visiting some of the most beautiful walks located within the county.
Step Out for Yorkshire is inviting people to run, walk or cycle any distance they choose during May while raising vital funds to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer in Yorkshire.
Dr Kathryn Scott, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “The Hidden Treasures element of the campaign features five exercise routes which highlight some of the most beautiful areas in Yorkshire. It aims to motivate and inspire people to get involved, visit their favourite pocket of the county and share their most-loved walks, runs and bike rides.
“Our Step Out for Yorkshire campaign is all about giving your health and wellbeing a boost while helping to save lives and celebrating everything our beautiful region has to offer.
“That's why we're inviting people across the region to step outdoors and get moving. Those taking part can choose whichever exercise they love and set their own target, so everyone can join in regardless of their experience or abilities.”
The campaign aims to highlight the importance of exercising, as it can play a crucial role in lowering the risk of cancer. Exercise before, during and after treatment for cancer has also been shown to help people respond better to treatment and prevent cancer coming back too.
Ndidi Nkwopara, from Leeds, said:
“I was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and, since recovering, I feel stronger and make more effort to exercise – it was a game changer for me to feel the benefits mentally and physically.
"For last year’s campaign I walked 72 miles and my challenge for Step Out for Yorkshire this year will be walking again, increasing my target to 100 miles. I hope I make it.”
People are invited to join together to help reach a fundraising target of £150,000, which will be used to fund experts and world-leading researchers who pioneer early cancer diagnosis and discover new and better treatments for people with cancer.
All funds raised through sponsorship will go towards essential work and research funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research, which is now more important than ever before as we begin to tackle the impact of the pandemic on the diagnosis and treatment of people with cancer.