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Sign up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at Home this April

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by Cancer Research UK | News

18 March 2021

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People taking part in Race for Life

With Race for Life events postponed until autumn due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions, Cancer Research UK is asking the nation to unite against cancer on 24 April by signing up to Race for Life at Home, in partnership with Tesco.   

Every step we take towards beating cancer relies on our brilliant supporters. By joining us and taking part in Race for Life at Home, everyone can make a real difference now in the fight against cancer.

Like most charities, Cancer Research UK has been hit hard by COVID-19 with a predicted £300m drop in income over the next 3 years. Race for Life at Home asks people to run, walk or jog 5k in their local area in April and raise money to help Cancer Research UK continue its life-saving research. Anyone and everyone can take part, as individuals or in small, socially distanced groups.  

It costs just £5 to sign up and entrants will receive a fundraising pack and medal. 

Uniting to beat cancer 

On the morning of Saturday 24 April, Race for Life at Home will host a virtual event on Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life Facebook page. This will include an energiser from a fitness expert to get the blood pumping before, as well as inspirational messages from people affected by cancer. There will also be a minute’s reflection for loved ones who are undergoing treatment or who are no longer with us.  

Straight after the live stream, participants can set off for their 5k. Anyone who can’t join on the day choose a convenient time for them during the month to complete the challenge and fundraise for life-saving research.  

Michelle Mitchell, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive said that it was a difficult decision to postpone Race for Life events until autumn, but that it gives us the best chance of ensuring they can go ahead, with all necessary COVID-19 guidelines in place. “We can’t wait to see everyone reunited on the start line, coming together to help beat cancer. 

“But to keep making progress for people affected by cancer, we still need help today. We’re absolutely determined to continue our vital work to save more lives but can’t do it alone. Every pound will help get our life-saving work get back on track.”