PEOPLE are being urged to look beyond lockdown by making a date to join Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Manchester.

The charity’s much-loved events are aiming to return to the city this autumn but with socially distanced measures to keep participants safe. Money raised will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, saving lives as the charity fights back from the impact of the pandemic.

Anyone who signs up between June 21 and July 4 can claim a special 30 per cent off the entry fee by using the code RFLJUNE30.

Every year around 42,300 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West* and one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will get cancer in their lifetime.**  

The Race for Life events, which take place at Heaton Park on Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 October, are open to people of all ages and abilities. There are also events taking place in Tatton Park, Wigan, Oldham, Leigh and Stockport throughout September and October. Events include a 3K, 5K, 10K as well as Pretty Muddy, a mud-splattered obstacle course.

Siobhan Byrne, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for Greater Manchester, said: “Race for Life offers the perfect opportunity for people across the region to run, walk or jog and raise money for life-saving research.

“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. So this year, more than ever, we need people to enter the Race for Life – for the people we love, for the people we’ve lost and for the one in two of us who will get cancer.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, which has been in partnership with Tesco for 20 years, is an inspiring series of 3K, 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids event which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research. Money raised funds world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer – including bowel cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia.  

This year, participants will set off on the Race for Life course either alone or in small, socially distanced groups. Hand sanitiser will also be provided with participants encouraged to use it before and after the event.

Siobhan added: “We’ll ask participants to respect social distancing before, during and after the event.

“But we promise our events will remain colourful, emotional and uplifting. The safety of our Race for Life participants is our absolute priority. We’ve been constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation and have developed ways to ensure our events can operate safely, following government guidance. It may be that events look a bit different this year but we are working proactively with our venues and suppliers to deliver a socially distanced but great experience.

“Sadly, cancer touches almost every family at some point. Every step our scientists take towards beating cancer relies on our supporters. That’s why we need as many people as possible across Greater Manchester to join us, to stand united and do something extraordinary to help beat cancer.

“We know that 2020 was a year like no other and we had to overcome many challenges thrown our way during the global pandemic. But this past year proves, more than any other, the value of investing in science and medical research and what can be achieved by working together. Just like science is our route out of the pandemic, science is our route to beating cancer. We are absolutely determined to continue to create better cancer treatments for tomorrow.”

People can visit to enter. *** If any Race for Life events are cancelled, people will be entitled to a refund of their entry fee or can choose to donate the fee to help fund Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Cancer Research UK’s work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has been at the heart of the progress that has seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years.

The charity was able to spend over £31 million in Manchester last year on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.

Enter now at or call 0300 123 0770.

Race for Life events in Greater Manchester

  • Wigan – Wednesday 8 September – 5K – Haigh Woodland Park
  • Oldham – Sunday 12 September – 3K, 5K – Alexandra Park
  • Leigh – Sunday 19 September – 5K – Pennington Flash
  • Stockport – Sunday 19 September – 3K, 5K – Woodbank Memorial Park
  • Cheshire – Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 October – 3K, 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy, Pretty Muddy Kids – Tatton Park
  • Manchester – Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 October – 3K, 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy, Pretty Muddy Kids – Heaton Park

    About Race for Life   
  • Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 3k,5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.   
  •  This year is the 20th anniversary of Cancer Research UK’s partnership with Tesco.   

    About Cancer Research UK
  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
  • Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
  • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years.
  • Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive their cancer for at least 10 years.
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

    For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

    About Tesco
  • Tesco is celebrating its 20th year of partnership with Race for Life. 
  • Over 20,000 of Tesco colleagues take part each year. 
  • Tesco colleagues and customers have raised millions for Cancer Research UK 
  • More than 340,000 colleagues have taken part in Race for Life since 2002 
  • Tesco pays the entry fee for all colleagues wishing to enter a Race for Life event. 
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