PEOPLE in the North East are being urged to get tough on cancer by signing up for a new event from Cancer Research UK.

County Durham has been chosen to host Cancer Research UK’s Tough 10 for the first time, a 10k trail run with challenging muddy slopes, thigh burning hills and tough terrain.

Cancer Research UK is daring men and women across the North-East to take on the challenge and sign up for the event at Hamsterley Forrest on November 11.

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Each event in the Tough 10 series is marked tough, tougher or toughest based on the level of difficulty of each course.

The North East route is ranked tougher so it’s suitable for regular runners or first timers looking for a challenge.

Frances Kippax-Geary, Cancer Research UK event manager, said: “We know the North-East has got what it takes to tackle Tough 10 and we’re delighted to be hosting the event in Hamsterley Forrest for the first time.

“Every day, around 40 people in the North-East are diagnosed with cancer. That’s why we need as many people as possible to double knot their trainers and take on our stamina-testing course."

Cancer Research UK spent over £4m in the North-East last year, on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.

To register for the Tough 10 challenge visit cruk.org/tough10