DETERMINED fundraisers across the south west are set to Race for Life at Home and carry on the fight against cancer as the nation looks beyond lockdown.
Organisers Cancer Research UK have postponed events for the spring and early summer to protect people’s health as the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic - and this includes the Race for Life 3K and 5K.
COVID-19 has caused a devastating loss of research funding. Cancer Research UK is predicting a staggering £300 million drop in income over the next three years which could put future medical breakthroughs at risk.
Now, undeterred women and men are vowing to raise funds by completing their own Race for Life 5K in their nearest green space this April. They plan to take part outdoors either alone or in small, socially distanced groups to help people with cancer. People can visit raceforlife.org to enter Race for Life at Home for £5* then receive a Race pack which includes a medal.
Alison Birkett, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for the south west said: “Even whilst we’re still apart, we can unite against cancer.
“There are a million reasons to Race for Life at Home, to help save lives, for those who have had vital treatment delayed or just for a reason to get off the sofa. We want people to run, walk or jog 5K and raise money for life-saving research.
“The truth is COVID-19 has slowed us down. But we will never stop and we are absolutely determined to continue to create better cancer treatments for tomorrow. But we can’t do it alone . Sadly, cancer touches almost every family at some point. Every step our scientists take towards beating cancer relies on our supporters. That’s why we need as many people as possible to join us, to stand united and do something extraordinary to help beat cancer.”
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, which has been in partnership with Tesco for 20 years, is an inspiring series of 3K, 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids event which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research. Money raised through Race for Life events funds world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer- including bowel cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia.
A live broadcast on the Cancer Research UK Race for Life Facebook and Race for Life Instagram pages on Saturday April 24th will include an energiser from a fitness expert as well as inspirational messages of support from people who have been through cancer. Participants are then invited to run, walk or jog 5K. Organisers are also inviting participants to share photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #RaceatHome
Every year around 34,800 people are diagnosed with cancer in the South West and one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will get cancer in their lifetime. The good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.
Alison Birkett added: “We’re constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are working hard to move our mass participation Race for Life events to the autumn and to make sure they can go ahead safely and with all necessary COVID-19 guidelines in place.
“We’d love to invite as many people as possible to Race for Life at Home this spring, then physically come together in the autumn to join us for Race for Life.”
Confirmed Race for Life events are:
Exeter Pretty Muddy – Saturday 28 August
Exeter Race for Life – Sunday 29 August
Weston Super Mare - 1 September
Swindon Bumper Day - 4 September
Penzance Race for Life - 15 September
Yeovil - 26 September
Cheltenham Pretty Muddy 2 October
Cheltenham RFL - 3 October
Cornwall Bumper Day - 3 October
Taunton RFL - 10 October
Gloucester RFL -10 October
Plymouth - 17 October
Bath - 31 October
Dates still to be confirmed:
Bristol Bumper Day
Plymouth Pretty Muddy
Sign up to Race for Life at Home this April and visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770. Join in and share with #RaceatHome