Cancer Research UK announces new dates for popular Race For Life events

A charity’s flagship fund-raising events, which attract hundreds of people from across the borough, have been postponed until later in the year.

Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 3:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 3:56 pm

Cancer Research UK has announced its Race For Life events due to take place in coming months are being rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This includes the 5k events being held at Haigh Woodland Park on Wednesday, May 20 and Pennington Flash on Sunday, May 31.

These will now take place at 6.30pm on Wednesday, September 9 and 11am on Sunday, September 20 respectively.

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Last year's Race For Life at Haigh Woodland Park

Haydock Park Racecourse was due to host both 5k and 10k events on Sunday, July 12 and these have been moved to Sunday, October 18.

Cancer Research UK spokesman for the North West, Jane Bullock, said: “We’re sending a heartfelt message to everyone to seize the opportunity and come join us to Race For Life.

“As the coronavirus outbreak continues to unfold, we are listening to the advice and guidance of the UK Government carefully.

“While our priority is ensuring that people affected by cancer get the support and information they need during unprecedented times, we’re having to work quickly to understand the impact the pandemic will have on Cancer Research UK’s fund-raising.

“We have urgently reviewed our events, including Race For Life.

“As the safety of our supporters, volunteers, suppliers and staff across the hundreds of Race For Life events due to take place in 2020 is incredibly important we have made the decision to postpone the events scheduled in May, June and July.

“Since it began, Race For Life has raised over £890m for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.

For more information or to register for an event, visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

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