Race For Life At Home: How you can still raise money for cancer research during lockdown

Running may be one of the few forms of exercise still available to us right now, but running as a group is certainly off-limits – so it’s unsurprising that events like Cancer Research’s Race For Life, which more than 8 million people have participated in over the last two decades, have been postponed for the foreseeable.

However, charities all need our support more than ever right now, so the team at Cancer Research UK have come up with a novel way to keep the momentum of the event going, with Race For Life At Home.

‘At a time when it feels like everything’s at a standstill, there is one thing that hasn’t stopped, cancer,’ the charity says. ‘Even though many of our Race for Life events are moving to later this year we still want to do something now. So from your homes, we’d love for you to join us. Introducing the first ever Race for Life at Home.’

As with the previous format, you simply sign up for free on the Race For Life website, and then there are three key ways to participate – but really, the options are limitless.

Race For Life At Home: How to take part

  1. Join Facebook Live events – a variety of hosts will lead participants through different exercise routines on the official Race For Life Facebook page
  2. Create your own challenge – from a record number of burpees to a yoga session, anything goes!
  3. Go for a solo walk, jog, or run – this could be a 5k, 10k or simply a lap around the garden. If you’re already training for a RFL event, you could even do the same distance you’d planned for

Not only is this a great excuse to get moving and keep your fitness levels up, you can share your efforts on social media using the #RaceForLifeAtHome hashtag, and collect as many donations as possible for this very worthy cause.

Race for Life at home
Cancer Research UK

Sarah Pickersgill, head of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life explains of the changes: ‘We’ve made the difficult decision to postpone our Race for Life events until later in the year, and this will inevitably have an impact on Cancer Research UK’s ability to carry out life-saving research. While many of us may feel our lives have been put on hold, cancer hasn’t stopped, and people affected by cancer need our support more than ever.

‘We wanted to do something to bring our fantastic community together and thank them for their ongoing patience and commitment, which is why we’re very excited to launch Race for Life at Home!

Race for Life at home
Cancer Research UK

‘Everyone who signs up can get creative and take part in whatever way they want. There is no challenge too great or small when it comes to Race for Life at Home. Whatever you do just remember to join in, have fun, stay safe and share your experience with the community online. There’s also an option to donate if you wish. We may be apart but we’re still in this together.’

To find out more and get involved, head to raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org