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Race for Life in 2018 Posted On 23 May 2018

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of women-only events raising money for research into all types of cancer

Every two minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer – and there are over 200 different types of cancer to beat. With no Government funding for research, the money raised for Cancer Research UK is vital to help them carry out our life-saving work to help beat cancer sooner and reach their goal of seeing three in four people surviving cancer by 2034.

As world leaders in finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, Cancer Research UK rely on support through events such as Race for Life to help them continue their ground-breaking work.

Over the past 20 years, more than eight million women have taken part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, raising over £547 million to fund the charity’s work. And there are lots of ways to be part of Race for Life:

5k events

5k (or just over three miles) is an achievable distance for all ages and abilities. You can take part however you like and choose to run, jog or walk your way around the course.

10k events

10k (or just over six miles) may sound a little daunting but is an achievable challenge for anyone with a bit of training. If you’ve taken on one of the 5k events before, then this is a great distance to try and push yourself further.

Pretty Muddy events

Pretty Muddy® isn’t like any other fundraising event. It’s a muddy obstacle course that women of any ability can climb over, crawl under, and charge through to show cancer that hell hath no fury like a woman in pink!

Half or full Marathon

The Race for Life Half and full Marathon events are the perfect challenge for women who have always wanted to try a long-distance running event but have been worried about how to start and not having any support. It’s important to note that all events are not competitive so you can take part however you want – whether you run, jog or walk parts of the course.


Race for Life Hikes are a series of one-day, long-distance walking events, taking place at iconic locations up and down the country.

For more information and details of how to sign up to an event near you, visit https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/

Did you know?

• £5 kits one of Cancer Research UK’s ground-breaking research labs out with essential chemicals – the bread and butter of day-to-day experiments, helping to beat cancer sooner.
• £11 buys a lab timer to keep scientists on track as they go about their work, finding out what makes a cancer cell tick.
• £100 covers the cost of giving one patient the Cytosponge test and analysing their results in the lab to diagnose early stages of oesophageal cancer.
• £400 is the cost of running Cancer Chat for one day helping thousands of people through very difficult times.
• £270 covers the cost of a trial for a day to find the best treatment for children with a rare type of leukaemia, whose cancer has come back after treatment.
• £50 buys a scientific sieve to separate out big bits and small bits of DNA to reveal vital clues about how to beat cancer sooner.

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