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Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. There are an estimated 2.5 million people in the UK today (2015) who have had a cancer diagnosis. This is an increase of almost half a million in the previous five years. And by the end of 2016, more than a thousand people will be diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. These are scary statistics but very real, which I why I want to highlight the plight of the Race For Life campaign run by Cancer Research UK.
Race for Life is a series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Half Marathon and Marathon events. It is the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK – raising funds to help beat cancer.
Over the past 20 years, more than seven million women have taken part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, raising over £513 million to fund the charity’s life-saving work. But it does not stop there. In 2015 Cancer Research UK hopes that Race for Life will raise £50 million so that it can keep on fighting until cures for all 200 types of cancer, affecting men, women and children, are found.
You can walk, jog or charge a 5k or 10k, take part in one of the muddy obstacle course events or even try out a half or full Marathon – there are lots of ways to support Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. I am signed up to take part in the Blackheath 10K race this weekend, however, due to an ankle injury I have had to pull out, though, I shall definitely be on the starting line at another race soon!
Finally, while this is a women-only event, men can also get involved! Read more here.