COVID-19 has caused a devastating loss of research funding, and Cancer Research UK is predicting a staggering £300 million drop in income over the next three years which could put future medical breakthroughs at risk.
That’s why the charity is calling on men, women and children to fight back against the devastating disease by entering a Race for Life event.
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life events are aiming to return to Greater Manchester later in the year, but with socially distanced measures to help keep participants safe.
The Manchester Race for Life events take place at Heaton Park on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July 2021, and are open to people of all ages and abilities.
Money raised will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, helping to save more lives.
“All 400 mass-participation Race for Life events across the UK were cancelled last year to protect the country’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sarah Hunter, Cancer Research UK’s Event Manager for Manchester.
“So this year, more than ever, we need people to come together and help beat the disease.
“It may be that events look a little different this year but we are working proactively with our venues and suppliers to deliver a socially distanced but great experience.”
Participants will set off on the course either alone or in small socially distanced groups.
Hand sanitiser will also be provided at all events with participants encouraged to use it before and after the event.
“Although ‘Race’ features in the name, our events are not competitive,” said Sarah.
“Instead, ‘the Race for Life’ is about our doctors, nurses and scientists working as hard and fast as possible to help more people survive.
“We’ll ask participants to respect social distancing before, during and after the event. It means that this year people should refrain from hugging others at the finish line.
“But we promise our events will remain fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting.
“Participants, all united in a common cause to beat cancer, take part at their own pace.
“For some people, the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park. Slow and steady still wins. For others, it’s a jog or a run.
“We hope that none of our Race for Life events are cancelled in 2021 and will do everything we can to keep people safe.
“If we do have to cancel any of our events we will let participants know as soon as possible and they will be entitled to a refund.”
Money raised through Race for Life events funds world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer – including bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia.
“The Race for Life is a powerful, inspirational movement which unites participants in Manchester with people across the North West and the whole of the UK,” said Sarah.
“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.”
Race for Life events in Greater Manchester
3k, 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids. Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July 2021, Heaton Park.
3k and 5k events. Sunday 16th May, Woodbank Memorial Park.
5k event. Wednesday 19th May, Haigh Woodland Park .
5k event. Sunday 30th May, Pennington Flash.
3k and 5k events. Sunday 20th June, Alexandra Park.
3k, 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids. Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June, Tatton Park.
During January 2021, there is a 30% discount on entry to all Race for Life events including 3k, 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids, with code JAN2021. To enter, visit raceforlife.org.