Cancer Research UK launches Race for Life 2020

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Events are being held across the country in spring.

7th January 2020 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

Cancer Research UK is encouraging Scots to get 2020 off to a great start by signing up for this year’s Race for Life.

The first of the 5K and 10K challenges are being held at Stirling and Hopetoun House near Edinburgh on 10 May.

They will be followed by events across the country this spring, with the biggest Race for Life being held on Sunday 17 May at Glasgow Green.

Anyone who signs up in January can claim 30% off the entry fee by using the code RFLJAN30.

Cancer Research UK said there are now 88 cancer diagnoses every day in Scotland, with 32,000 people being diagnosed with the disease each year.

All monies raised by Race for Life raised will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat 200 types of cancer including bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia.

Lisa Adams, the charity’s spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “This year our Race for Life events are open to everyone.

“We’re sending a heartfelt message to anybody who’s thought about signing up in the past but for one reason or another hasn’t got round to it. This is your year - please seize the opportunity to register in January and become part of the Race for Life community.

“Our events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. Participants take part at their own pace- taking as much time as they like to complete the course. For some people, the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park. For others, it’s a jog or a run.

“Although ‘Race’ features in the name, our events are not competitive. Instead, ‘the Race for Life is about our doctors, nurses and scientists working as hard and fast as possible to help more people survive.”

Cancer Research UK receives no government money, making the Race for Life a vital fundraising event. 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.

Last year, the charity spent around £38 million in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. It also operates the Beatson Institute in Glasgow, where scientists and doctors are working to reduce the impact of the disease around the world.

Ms Adams added: “The Race for Life is a powerful, inspirational movement which unites participants in Scotland and across the UK. People get together and remember loved ones lost or celebrate the lives of those who have survived. At the same time, they are helping to make a difference to people with the disease right now.”

As well as the 5K and 10K, Race for Life also includes Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events. Anyone interested in taking part in an event can register on the Race for Life website.