Race for Life returns to Barnstaple for 2022

North Devon Gazette

People in Devon are being invited to kick start the New Year by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Â

The charity’s much-loved events are returning to Barnstaple, Exeter and Plymouth and anyone who joins this January can claim a special 50 per cent off the entry fee as part of the half-price sale by using the code RFL22J50.

Every year around 35,100 people are diagnosed with cancer in the South West and one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will get cancer in their lifetime. Money raised at Race for Life enables scientists to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer - helping to save more lives.

Race for Life events in the South West :

  • Exeter - Westpoint, Clyst St Mary on 18th and 19th June
  • Barnstaple - Castle Hill Estate, Filleigh on Sunday 19 June
  • Plymouth -Â The Hoe on Sunday 12 June and Central Park on Sunday 17 July

The Race for Life events are open to people of all ages and abilities. Women, men and children can choose from 3k, 5k and 10k events. There is also a chance to take part in Pretty Muddy, a mud-splattered obstacle course and there is a Pretty Muddy Kids option.Â

Alison Birkett, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson in the South West, said: “Everyone can play their part to help beat cancer.Â

“January is the perfect time for people to commit to getting a little more active. By signing up to Race for Life, there’s the chance to raise money for life-saving research. Sadly, cancer affects all of us in some way. Whether people are living with cancer, taking part in honour of or in memory of a loved one with cancer or signing up to protect their own children’s future, everyone has a reason to Race for Life.Â

“Our Race for Life events are open to all. 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. Others may opt to push themselves harder and take part in the 10K distance. But what is for certain is we’re looking forward to welcoming people of all ages and abilities. Race for Life will be fun, emotional, colourful, uplifting and an unforgettable event this year.”Â

Race for Life events across the UK this year will follow current government guidance to protect against COVID-19. Hand sanitiser will be provided at all events.Â

Alison added: “We hope that none of our Race for Life events are cancelled in 2022 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 full refund.”Â

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, raises funds for 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.Â

Oonagh Turnbull, Head of Health Campaigns at Tesco, said: “This will be our 21st year in partnership with Cancer Research UK and Race for Life and we hope this year can be the biggest yet.” Â

To enter, visit raceforlife.org Â

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