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We all need something to look forward to and we all benefit from having a goal so this month we’re being urged to sign up for the Race For Life events in Peterborough and Stamford this summer.

All of these fundraising events were cancelled last year so organisers at Cancer Research UK say it’s even more vital people take part and raise funds this June. If you enter this month you can get 30 per cent off the entry fee by using the code JAN2021.

You can use your lockdown exercise sessions to limber up and have something to look forward to as the charity’s much-loved events are aiming to return to Peterborough and Stamford but with socially distanced measures to help keep everyone safe.  And if they can’t go ahead you will receive a refund.

COVID-19 has caused a devastating loss of research funding. 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. Money raised will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, helping to save more lives.

The Race for Life events take place at The East of England Arena and Events Centre, Peterborough on Sunday, 27th June 2021 and in Stamford at Burghley House on Saturday 5th June 2021. They are open to people of all ages and abilities.

Of course things will be arranged a little differently for safety and if you take part you’ll 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.

Emily Rowling, Cancer Research UK’s Event Manager for Peterborough and Stamford, said:

“Every step our scientists take towards beating cancer relies on our supporters. Our Race for Life events are open to all and we’re sending a heart-felt message to everyone to come together in 2021. As always at our events, the health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers is our top priority. 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.”  

Emily explained: “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.

“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. But what is for certain is we’re looking forward to welcoming people across Peterborough and Stamford back.”

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 beat cancer by funding crucial research. This year is the 20th anniversary of Tesco’s partnership with Race for Life.

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.

Emily added: “The Race for Life is a powerful, inspirational movement which unites participants in Peterborough and Stamford with people across the East of England and the whole of 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.   

“Please go to the Race for Life website, choose an event, and sign up today.”  

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