Sign up for Race for Life 2021 events in Hertfordshire
- Credit: Cancer Research UK
Residents across the county are being encouraged to look beyond lockdown by making a date to join Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Hertfordshire.
The charity’s much-loved events are aiming to return to Herts in 2021 but with socially distanced measures to help keep participants safe.
There are Race for Life events planned for Welwyn Hatfield, Stevenage and St Albans.
Anyone who signs up this January can claim a special 30 per cent off the entry fee by using the code JAN2021.
2021 Race for Life events in the East of England
- 5k, 10k & Pretty Muddy – May 29 and May 30
- 3k, 5k & 10k – July 4
- 3k, 5k, 10k & Pretty Muddy – June 5
- 5k & 10k – July 18
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.
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Annie Ashwell, Cancer Research UK’s event manager for Hertfordshire, said: “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 come together and help beat the disease.
“The truth is, COVID-19 has slowed us down. But we will never stop and we are absolutely determined to continue to create better cancer treatments for tomorrow."
Money raised from the various Herts events will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, helping to save more lives.
Every year, around 35,500 people are diagnosed with cancer in the East of England, and one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will get cancer in their lifetime.
The Race for Life events taking place across Hertfordshire are open to people of all ages and abilities.
Annie added: “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 heartfelt 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.”
Participants will 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.
Annie 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 Hertfordshire back.
“We hope that none of our Race for Life events are cancelled in 2021 and will do everything we can to keep people safe.
"If we do have to cancel any of our events, we will let participants know as soon as possible and they will be entitled to a refund.”
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.
Annie said: “The Race for Life is a powerful, inspirational movement which unites participants in Hertfordshire 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.”