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With mass participation King's Lynn Race for Life cancelled, event will be closer to home instead




Determined fundraisers across Norfolk are set to Race for Life at Home and carry on the fight against cancer as the lockdown eases.

Organisers Cancer Research UK have postponed its traditional mass spring and summer outdoor fundraisers, including those due to be held at Lynn and Norwich.

Instead it is hoping that supporters will carry on the fundraising by completing their own 5k Race for Life in their nearest green space in April, either alone or in small socially-distanced groups.

Race For Life 2019 in the grounds of Houghton Hall..Just some of the hundreds of people taking part in the event.. (13927264)
Race For Life 2019 in the grounds of Houghton Hall..Just some of the hundreds of people taking part in the event.. (13927264)

Everyone who signs up for £5 will receive a race pack including a medal.

Patrick Keely, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for Norfolk, said: “Even while we’re still apart, we can unite against cancer.

“There are a million reasons to Race for Life at Home, to help save lives, for those who have had vital treatment delayed or just for a reason to get off the sofa. We want people to run, walk or jog 5K and raise money for life-saving research.

“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."

Cancer survivor Sara Wilson backs Race for Life. Picture: SUBMITTED (45249389)
Cancer survivor Sara Wilson backs Race for Life. Picture: SUBMITTED (45249389)

A live broadcast on the Cancer Research UK Race for Life Facebook and Race for Life Instagram pages on Saturday, April 24 will include an energiser from a fitness expert as well as inspirational messages of support from people who have been through cancer. Participants are then invited to run, walk or jog 5K and share photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #RaceatHome

Mr Keely added: “We’re constantly monitoring the Covid-19 situation and are working hard to move our mass participation Race for Life events to the autumn.

“We’d love to invite as many people as possible to Race for Life at Home this spring, then physically come together in the autumn to join us for Race for Life Norfolk.”

Sign up to Race for Life at Home this April and visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770. Join in and share with #RaceatHome



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