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Organisers hail 'amazing' return of Cancer Research UK's Race For Life to Houghton Hall




The grounds of a West Norfolk stately home provided a spectacular backdrop as hundreds of runners took part in one of the area’s biggest annual fundraisers at the weekend.

Race For Life organisers are hoping to raise around £20,000 for Cancer Research UK from Saturday’s event at Houghton Hall.

And, with plans already in place to return the event back to its usual mid-summer slot next year, supporters are being encouraged to sign up now.

Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..5K Event..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368398)
Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..5K Event..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368398)

The event, which was cancelled last year due to coronavirus, was moved to the weekend because of ongoing restrictions on its originally scheduled date in July.

Around 350 participants were given the choice of covering three kilometre or five kilometre routes for the first time.

And events manager Gemma Turpin today said she was “still buzzing” from the run.

Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..5K Event..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368427)
Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..5K Event..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368427)

She said: “It was just amazing to be back.

“The venue is absolutely stunning and everyone who took part played their part.”

It is estimated that Race For Life events nationally will raise around £3 million for Cancer Research this year.

The charity warned earlier this year that it stood to lose up to £300 million over three years because of the loss of fundraising activities during the pandemic.

Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368373)
Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368373)

Entries are already open for the 2022 Race For Life at Houghton Hall, which will revert to a more regular summer evening slot on Tuesday, July 12.

You can sign up now by visiting https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org.

Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..3K Event..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368505)
Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..3K Event..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368505)
Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..5K Event..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368425)
Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..5K Event..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368425)
Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..5K Event..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368424)
Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..5K Event..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368424)
Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..5K Event..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368400)
Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..5K Event..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368400)
Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..Winner and Runner Up in the 5K Race, Mother and Son William Pesce Leeson and Michelle Leeson...Picture Paul Marsh. (51368372)
Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..Winner and Runner Up in the 5K Race, Mother and Son William Pesce Leeson and Michelle Leeson...Picture Paul Marsh. (51368372)
Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..5K Event..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368426)
Return of The Cancer Research Race For Life Event in 2021 at Houghton Hall Norfolk..5K Event..Picture Paul Marsh. (51368426)


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