26 years ago, Race for Life took place for the first time. Since then, more than 9.5 million women have participated in the event, raising an incredible £860m for vital cancer research in the process.
And in 2019, Cancer Research UK’s female-only fundraiser is undergoing a major transformation, as men and children will be able to take part too.
Announcing the changes back in January, Sarah Pickersgill, head of the Race for Life, said: ‘A staggering one in two people will develop cancer at some point in their lives and while survival has doubled in the last forty years, we’re tirelessly working to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
‘But we can only do this if people continue to support our life-saving work, so we’re urging people to help us by joining the Race for Life 2019 and raising vital money to beat cancer.
‘You don’t have to run or dress up and absolutely everyone is welcome – men, women, children and dogs. Just join the Race for Life, take part and make a difference.’
To mark the start of spring and to encourage us all to take part in our local Race For Life – whether it’s a 5k, 10k or a Pretty Muddy obstacle course – the charity is offering 30 per cent off fees for the entire family, bringing the price of an average entry down to £10.49 (or £13.99 for Pretty Muddy).
There are over 400 Race for Life event taking places across the UK from May onwards, so if you’ve been considering taking up the challenge and getting a team together, now’s the time to take the plunge.
The 30 per cent discount is available for one week only, starting at 00:01 on 8 April, and finishing at midnight on 15 April. Simply sign up using the discount code YOU19* – we’ll see you at the starting line!
*Full details and T&Cs at raceforlife.org