As Valentine ’s Day approaches (Friday, February 14) Cancer Research UK is sending a heartfelt message to people in Peterborough.

Organisers of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life are asking everyone to make a date with their loved ones to take part in the event. This year’s Race for Life event will take place at a new venue, The East of England Arena and Events Centre on Sunday June 28.

So couples, families and friends can take part together and show support for the 96 people diagnosed with cancer every day in the East of England*.

Emily Rowling, Cancer Research UK’s East of England Events Manager, said: “Valentine’s Day is traditionally an occasion when we spend time with the people we love. For this reason, it’s also the perfect opportunity to sign up to Race for Life and commit to spend time together, fundraising and then participating on the day.”

She added: “Our events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. Participants 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.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k and 10k, events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.

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

“Participants take part at their own pace – taking as much time as they like to complete the course. For some people, the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park. For others, it’s a jog or a run.

“Although ‘Race’ features in the name, our events are not competitive. Instead, ‘the Race for Life’ describes our doctors, nurses and scientists working as hard and fast as possible to help more people survive.”

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research.

That’s why money raised through the Race for Life events is vital. It 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 events in Peterborough take place at The East of England Arena & Events Centre on Sunday June 28 and are open to people of all ages and abilities.

The Stamford Race for Life and Pretty Muddy is coming up sooner – Saturday May 30. The Stamford event has everything all on one day – so Pretty Muddy Kids, Pretty Muddy Adults & Race for Life 5k and 10k. It’s going to be a great atmosphere!

To sign up for any of the events in Stamford or Peterborough, visit

(*Based on the average annual number of new cases of cancer (ICD10 C00-C97 excl. C44) diagnosed in the East of England region between 2014-2016)


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