Sunday, 27 April 2014

Race for Life is 20 years old - have you signed up yet?

Now I can't say I have - running is not something that you will often find me doing, unless it's to flee imminent danger or someone has opened a new box of Malteasers and they are going fast, no running is not for me. But I can see that running is popular as a pastime and as a superb way of raising much needed funds for charities. One of the most popular and one I do try to help through sponsorship is Race for Life which has been going an amazing 20 years this year. Here are some Race for Life fast facts. 

Race for Life is 17 times the size of the London marathon (based on number of participants) and since it started in 1994 six million women have taken part and covered a total of 18,600,000 miles. That’s the equivalent of 37 times to the moon and back!
·        Over 6 million bottles of water have been given out, that’s the equivalent to putting a bottle of water on every seat at Wembley stadium 67 times over.
·         In 2013  a whole team took part dressed as whoopee cushions and in 2012 4 Tellytubbies took part on the Isle of Wight. There have also been 3 marriage proposals and at 102, Betty took part in Portsmouth with her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter. 
About Race for Life
  • Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life has an entry fee of £14.99 for adults and £10 for girls 16 and under. This covers the costs of staging the event series and means that money raised in sponsorship can go to help beat cancer
·         Race for Life’s Pretty Muddy is open to adults and girls 13 and over
·         Race for Life raises money that goes towards beating over 200 types of cancer affecting both men and women

About Cancer Research UK
·         Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
  • The charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
·         Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.
·         Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1861 or Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

I lost my mum to pancreatic cancer and it is only this morning that some 13 years later we still have a survival rate of 1% past 10 years. So Cancer Research is so very very important even when survival rates on a lot of cancers have got so much better. Please keep giving and running people as I don't know anyone who has not been touched by cancer in some way.

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