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Celebrities reveal signature style for Race for Life

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by Cancer Research UK | News

15 December 2009

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A TRIO of celebrities including choreographer, Arlene Phillips; girlfriend of Arsenal star Theo Walcott, Melanie Slade; and fashion designer Tracey Boyd, have given the classic white tee a fun twist with a splash of colour as their new collection of Race for Life 2010 t-shirts is unveiled to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Inspired by Race for Life and the hundreds of thousands of amazing women who have taken part and raised a staggering £327 million since the series began; Arlene, Melanie and Tracey embraced the task of putting their personal stamp on a stylish t-shirt for the 2010 event series. The stunning designs are perfect for summer, representing the feminine spirit and energy of Race for Life. All three t-shirts are available to buy at from 11 January 2010, when the site also opens for entries for the 2010 women-only 5k event series.

Always a summer wardrobe essential, the bespoke collection of white t-shirts comprises three different styles. Melanie Slade’s girly floral design is on a vest top, Arlene Philips’ vibrant, bold motif is printed on a loose t-shirt, while Tracey Boyd’s pretty icons are available on a fitted t-shirt and a kid’s t-shirt.

Channeling the positive energy and female spirit of Race for Life, Melanie, Tracey and Arlene explain the inspiration for their designs:

Melanie Slade said: “Race for Life is a cause that is very close to my heart, as my sister was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago and the money raised helps fund Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.

“I wanted my design to be young and fresh so I opted for a vest with pretty pink flower details and a sparkly silver stalk. I have a tattoo of a butterfly and I also wanted to incorporate that into the design to represent positive change and beauty.”

Tracey Boyd said: “Race for Life is such a positive female environment where hundreds of thousands of women come together for a common goal – to beat cancer.
“I wanted my t-shirt to reflect this vibrant colourful event and, inspired by the tremendous women who take part in Race for Life, my design represents happiness, optimism and things that bring a smile.”

Arlene Phillips said: “Too many lives are touched by cancer but thanks to the fantastic work by Cancer Research UK more and more people are surviving. The inspiration behind my t-shirt design is taking steps to beat cancer, with all the amazing women who take part in Race for Life helping Cancer Research UK reach this goal.”

The limited edition Race for Life t-shirt collection is available to buy from from 11 January 2010. The adult t-shirts and vest are priced at £16 while the children’s version of Tracey Boyd’s t-shirt is £12. All of the profits from the t-shirts will go directly to help fund cancer research UK’s life-saving work.

Race for Life is the UK’s largest women only fundraising event where women of all ages, shapes and sizes come together and simply walk, jog or run 5k to raise money to help beat cancer. Women can enter the event from 11 January 2010 at or by calling 0871 641 1111.