Posted by: the3rdi | June 2, 2011



Kilmarnock comedian Kim MacAskill and London based comedian Suzy Bennett will be entertaining participants and their supporters at the Glasgow Green Race for Life on Sunday 5th June 2011 as Funny Women, the leading female comedy brand in the UK, team up with Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life to showcase some of the UK’s finest female comics at a number of events this summer.

Race for Life is a unique celebration of sisterhood and pride raising millions every year for life saving research into all cancers. With the problem this year of recruitment being significantly lower than anticipated, Funny Women are dedicated to actively support Race for Life, not only by being part of the events themselves but also by promoting their involvement to encourage more women to ‘join the girls’ and sign up.

Breakneck Comedy Competition winner in 2008 and a regular at the Stand Comedy Club, Glasgow based Kim MacAskill has supported people from Dylan Moran to Frankie Boyle and is not only a comedian but also a writer and actress. She has written a comedy column for the Kilmarnock Standard and for the Comedy Unit as well as appearing on Channel 4 radios ‘The Atrocity Machine’.


Joining Kim on stage will be Suzy Bennett featured in Time Out as one of the best new acts to look out. Suzy has a very personal reason for being involved with Race for Life as ten years ago she lost her brother’s finance, Sulina to cancer and ever since has been attending Race for Life events in her memory. Suzy is keeping a blog at of her experiences at Race for Life events she is attending, including Glasgow, which also gives much more detail of her personal connection to the charity.
Of her involvement, Suzy says “I have been performing comedy for about five years now and have often had the privilege of being part of some wonderful charity events but nothing has made me prouder than being asked by Funny Women to represent them in their partnership with Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life. The wonderful thing about Race for Life is that as well as raising money and awareness it’s time for everyone to get together and reflect and share experiences”

Women can enter Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at or by calling 0871 641 1111. The atmosphere at the events is amazing, with local women from all walks of life coming together to make a positive difference to people affected by cancer.

You can also follow Race for Life on Twitter and via Facebook on
More information on Funny Women can be found on and you can follow the team at and on Twitter

About Funny Women
Founded in 2002 by Lynne Parker, Funny Women is at the vanguard of nurturing and promoting female comedy talent.
The Funny Women Awards are the benchmark for women breaking into comedy providing them with a platform to grow and develop and are now in their 9th year.
In 2010 the competition attracted a record breaking 350 entries
Regional heats are now taking place with Scottish ones taking place at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival between the 3rd – 21st August 2011.
The final awards will take place at a gala charity awards evening in aid of Cancer Research UK on Monday 26th September 2011 at the Leicester Square Theatre in London.
As well as providing a platform within the entertainment industry, Funny Women also recognises that women can achieve a lot by finding their comic voice and so challenges women from all walks of life to use humour in their lives through providing workshops and training sessions.
The most recent initiative is the Funny Women Challenge which aims to encourage business women to use humour in their professional lives to build confidence and improve presentation skills. Funny Women has also utilised these challenges to help raise money for charities and see it as an area with lots of potential for both the charity and commercial sectors to work together in fundraising as well as professional and personal development.

About Race for Life
Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2011 is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series with over 300 events around the UK from May to the end of July.
Women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes from all over the UK join together to walk, jog or run 5k to raise money to help beat cancer.
2011 is a very ambitious year for Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. The goal is to raise £80 million to fund Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research.
In 2011, women will have the opportunity to take part in the traditional 5k or opt for a10k route, without having to pay an additional entry fee, at 42 venues across the UK.
Race for Life started as one event in 1994 at Battersea Park with 680 participants. In 2011 it is celebrating its 17th birthday.
Since it started, an incredible 5.4 million participants across the UK have raised over £362 million to fund Cancer Research UK’s vital work.
Entry fee is £14.99 to cover the costs of staging the event series. All money raised in sponsorship will go directly to our work to help beat cancer.

About Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research
The charity’s groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.  This work is funded entirely by the public.
Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates double in the last forty years.
Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to beat cancer.

Further Quotes

“We are very excited to be embarking upon this partnership. Both of our organisations are about helping women – Funny Women through humour and Cancer Research UK through the incredible Race for Life events so there is an obvious synergy. We believe that by working together we can raise awareness of the valuable work that Cancer Research does and encourage more people to get involved and help make all the difference in the fight against cancer “
Lynne Parker Funny Women founder and executive producer
“Race for life is about all women, coming together, inspiring each other and united for one cause – raising money to beat cancer!” Natasha Dickinson, head of Race for Life


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