THOUSANDS of runners are already set to compete in this year’s Cancer Research UK Winter Run in Liverpool on Sunday January 17. Set to a winter theme, the 10K course will come complete with "penguin parties, jet pack snow machines and polar bear hugs".

To help with the fundraising efforts, we have entry to the Liverpool race to giveaway to one reader

After a smash hit debut in London earlier this year, raising around £250,000 for the charity, the fundraiser is expanding for the first time to include Manchester and Liverpool this year - and to help with the fundraising efforts, we have entry to the Liverpool race to giveaway to one reader.

The 10k course is taking place through the streets of Liverpool taking in landmarks such as the Royal Liver Building and Albert Dock. 

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On race day, runners and spectators will be greeted by snowmen equipped with "jetpack snow machines" blasting a snowfall over the event village for a special wintery welcome. Once the runners are in position, Nuffield Health will host a winter themed warm-up to get the blood pumping before a Snow Blast Off shooting clouds of CO2 gas into the air marks the start of the 2016 Cancer Research UK Winter Run.

As if the snow machine wasn't sufficient enough of a wintery feature, runners will also be able to join in with the brand new Penguin Party.  Music will keep everybody moving, while penguins will be on hand to keep spirits. To help urge runners towards the finish line, resident Polar Bears will be offering out polar bear hugs. 

Clive Sanders, head of events at Cancer Research UK, said: “Every day, nearly 110 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West, so we need as many people as possible to enter the Winter Run and help give cancer the cold shoulder. As a New Year challenge, it’s a great opportunity for people to sign up and commit to get fit, or for more seasoned runners to boost their motivation to carry on through the cold winter months – all in aid of good cause.”

For more information about the Cancer Research UK Winter Run in Liverpool please see the website.