Race for Life 2011 launch

Lorraine Kelly

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with the launch of the annual Race for Life, women in Scotland have voted Lorraine Kelly the celebrity they most want to have a chat with, according to a new poll which also reveals they devote almost a month a year of their daily lives to ‘girlie gossip.’

TV chat show queen Lorraine topped a list of stars that Scotland’s mums, daughters and sisters would love to have a natter with (30 per cent), ahead of fellow talk show hosts Fern Britton (9 per cent) and Holly Willoughby (6 per cent).

Lorraine was also named top ‘gossip girl’ in the UK-wide survey (12 per cent) pipping The X Factor judge Cheryl Cole to the post (11 per cent) with Fern Britton and Holly Willoughby in joint third place (10 per cent).

Lorraine Kelly said: “I am really delighted that women Scotland have voted me the celebrity they most want to have a chat with.

“I do enjoy a good catch up with my friends and I am so grateful to all of the amazing women who take part in Race for Life. It’s a fantastic experience and a brilliant opportunity to meet loads of other women who are all raising money for Cancer Research UK’s vital work.’

The survey, marks the launch of Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life - the UK’s largest women-only event series. Events across Scotland are now open for entry.

It highlights just how many of their waking hours Scottish women dedicate to chat! More than a third (37 per cent) spend an hour or more on an average day talking to their girlfriends and female relatives, while almost a fifth spend two or more hours a day having a good natter.

At Race for Life, women of all ages and levels of fitness join together to walk, jog or run 5k or 10k to raise money for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research. It’s also Scotland’s biggest gossip-fest as many of the 46,000-plus participants seize the opportunity to chat with friends, family or complete strangers they meet on the course.

Now organisers are urging local ladies to channel their passion for chatting into a rallying cry to ‘join the girls’ at Race for Life events across Scotland. They want them to spread the word that all women are welcome regardless of age, fitness ability and whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group.

Overwhelmingly, women in Scotland prefer to communicate face-to-face. More than half (56 per cent) voted it their favourite way of staying in touch - ahead of phoning (14 per cent), texting (11 per cent) or tapping into Facebook (9 per cent) - making a get-together at Race for Life the perfect excuse for a great day out.

Event manager for Race for Life, Carolyn Johnston, said: “Our survey proves how much we girls like to chat! And we know from experience that word of mouth is the best way to spread the message about Race for Life and get friends and family involved. So we are asking women all over Scotland to turn their favourite pastime into a mission to make entering Race for Life the main talking point at home, in the office, at the school gate and family gatherings.

“By entering the local event now, planning fundraising and then relishing the sense of achievement on the big day, the nation’s women will have plenty to talk about for months to come.”

Race for Life is a powerful testimony to how much women can achieve when they pull together for a common goal. Since the fundraising series started in 1994, a staggering 4.7 million participants across the UK have raised over £327 million to fund Cancer Research UK’s vital work.

Every hour, around three people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland.

When Race for Life started in 1994, many people diagnosed with cancer did not survive. Since then, money generated by Race for Life has supported Cancer Research UK’s work and now more people are beating the disease than ever before. Women in Scotland can enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at www.raceforlife.org <http://www.raceforlife.org/> or by calling 0871 641 1111.

Race for Life events in Scotland, 2011 include Dundee, on June 12 and Aberdeen on July 3.