Wigan fund-raisers can still get active and join the Race For Life

Star jumps are one idea for joining Race For Life At HomeStar jumps are one idea for joining Race For Life At Home
Star jumps are one idea for joining Race For Life At Home | ugc
Determined Wigan fund-raisers are refusing to let the fight against cancer falter during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cancer Research UK has postponed events due to be held this spring and summer, including the Race For Life events at Haigh Woodland Park, Pennington Flash and Haydock Park Racecourse.

But as the country continues in lockdown, undeterred women and men are vowing to carry on and complete a Race For Life challenge at home, in their garden or their nearest green space.

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Anna Taylor, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for the North West, said: “At a time when it feels like everything’s at a standstill, there is one thing that hasn’t stopped - cancer.

“Our priority as a charity is ensuring that people affected by cancer are getting the support they need right now. But we are already getting people asking about doing Race For Life At Home this spring because they don’t want to see the charity lose out on vital funding and because they feel that the fight against cancer shouldn’t stop for anything – even coronavirus. It’s truly humbling to see the response.

“So from their homes, we’d love for supporters to join us and Race For Life At Home in these challenging times. From a walk, jog or run 5k around the garden to limbo in the living room, there is no wrong way to Race For Life At Home. With no entry fee, people might choose to twerk, limbo, star jump, squat, skip, dance, or come up with their own novel way of taking part and share it with friends. The message is very much that ‘while we might be apart, we’re doing this together’.

“We could be looking at hundreds of people across Wigan stepping forward to Race For Life At Home and perhaps making a donation to do so.”

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People can visit raceforlife.org for ideas on how to create their own Race For Life At Home challenge. The Cancer Research UK Race For Life Facebook page will have weekly live workout sessions.

Organisers are also inviting people to join the Race For Life At Home community by sharing photos and videos at #RaceForLifeAtHome.

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