Preston residents invited to join Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life

Participants in a previous Cancer Research UK Race for Life

Cancer Research UK has urged residents of Preston to make an appointment for this summer’s Race for Life event to help fund vital research.


The much-loved events aim to return to the city this summer, but with social distancing measures to keep attendees safe.

The events, which take place at Moor Park on Saturday August 28 and Sunday August 29, are open to people of all ages and abilities. Events include a 3K, 5K, 10K and Pretty Muddy, a mud-splashed obstacle course.

The money raised will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, saving lives as the charity battles the impact of the pandemic.

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Each 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 develop cancer in their lifetime.

Cancer Research UK’s Pretty Muddy Race for Life in Weston Park, Staffordshire

Siobhan Byrne, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Preston, said: “Race for Life provides the perfect opportunity for people across the region to run, walk or jog and raise money for vital research.

“The 400 mass-attended Race for Life events across the UK were canceled last year to protect the health of the country during the pandemic. So this year, more than ever, we need people to participate – for the people we love, for the people we’ve lost, and for the one in two of us who will get cancer.

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Race for Life, which has partnered with Tesco for 20 years, is a series of 3K, 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events that raise millions of pounds each year to help beat cancer.

The money raised funds research into 200 types of cancer, including bowel cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, childhood cancer and leukemia.

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

Effie Grant at Race for Life

Siobhan said, “We will ask attendees to respect social distancing before, during and after the event.

“But we promise that our events will remain colorful, emotional and uplifting. The safety of our participants is our priority. We are monitoring the situation and have developed ways to ensure that our events can proceed safely, in accordance with government guidelines.

“Unfortunately, cancer affects almost all families at some point. Every step our scientists take to beat cancer relies on our supporters. That’s why we need as many people as possible across Preston to join us, unite, and do something amazing to help beat cancer.

“We know that 2020 has been a year like no other, and we have had to overcome many challenges that we faced during the global pandemic. Just as science is our way out of the pandemic, science is our way out of cancer. We are absolutely determined to continue to create better cancer treatments for the future. ”

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

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The charity spent more than £ 33million in the North West last year on some of the UK’s major scientific and clinical research.

If Race for Life events are canceled, individuals will be entitled to a refund of their registration fees or may choose to donate them.

Anyone who registers between June 21 and July 4, 2021 can claim a 30% reduction on the registration fee using the code RFLJUNE30.

Enter at or call 0300 123 0770.

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