Let’s run cancer into the ground, together

Let’s run cancer into the ground, together

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is running, walking and slip-sliding its way around the UK from May to October. Read on to find out how you can get involved (and why you’ll want to!)


Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is running, walking and slip-sliding its way around the UK from May to October. Read on to find out how you can get involved (and why you’ll want to!)

Cancer has touched so many of us: whether you’ve experienced it through your own personal battle, a friend’s illness, or because of family suffering.

But we can beat cancer. And we can start by simply putting one foot in front of the other.

From runs to obstacle courses to scenic hikes, Cancer Research UK is holding a whole host of Race for Life events across the UK for another summer, and there’s sure to be a challenge you’re up to. So read on to figure out which fundraiser would suit you best.

P.S. Need motivation? Enter our competition below to be in with the chance of winning a Race for Life starter kit, with 20 chances to win.

You love… acting like a big kid

What to do: Pretty Muddy
Level of fitness needed: average to good

Love making mud pies in the garden with the grandkids? Do you join them on the bouncy castle at birthday parties? Then you’ll love Pretty Muddy.

Pretty Muddy is a 5k or 10k course, but peppered with obstacles that are, of course, covered in mud – lots of mud. So you can slip down slides, jump over mud pits, whizz down giant inflatable slides and commando crawl under cargo nets.

It’s great fun and very messy. Get stuck in, we say. To find a Pretty Muddy near you, click here for the 5k, or here for the 10k.

Or, if you prefer to watch from the side lines while your grandkids slip and slide themselves around a muddy course, you can sign them up for Pretty Muddy Kids.

You love… gorgeous scenery

What to do: One (or more!) of the eight hikes
Level of fitness needed: average to good

Doing a charity race isn’t all just about putting rubber to road. Instead, you could do an ambling hike around a stunning area. Cancer Research UK has added three more walking routes to last year’s list, with Brecon Beacons, The Ridgeway and North Norfolk joining the Peak District, Hadrian’s Wall, South Downs Way, the Jurassic Coast, and the Lake District.

The charity hikes are long distance (from 20 to 26 miles) and take a full day of walking, but you will see some of the UK’s most stunning natural landscapes, and all while raising money to tell cancer to take a hike.

Click here to sign up for a hike near you.

You love… shopping!

What to do: head to Tesco
Level of fitness needed: none!

Okay so this isn’t a Race for Life event, but if physical challenges aren’t your thing, you can still help raise money for Cancer Research UK. All you need to do is hotfoot it to Tesco and buy your favourite P&G product instead, choosing from selected Oral-B, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Gillette, Venus, Pampers Wipes and Always products.

This might not seem like much of a challenge, but money from your purchase will go towards raising a fantastic total of £135,000 for Cancer Research UK. So you can still do your bit to help, simply by adding an item or two to your weekly shop.

You love… being sociable

What to do: 5k or 10k
Level of fitness needed: average

A Race for Life 5k or 10k event isn’t like your average run on the treadmill. Indeed, the atmosphere and camaraderie is so great that you’ll reach the finish line without too much of a struggle, even if you’re not a natural runner. And there’s no competition, so you can walk or jog whenever you need to catch your breath (even if it’s just been worn out from talking!).

To find out about a 5k near you click here, or for a 10k click here.

You love… a challenge

What to do: a half marathon
Level of fitness needed: pretty darn fit

If you’re eager to put yourself to the test, running a half-marathon is a pretty good way to do that. And with seven happening across the UK, you should be able to get involved no matter where you live.

Plus, the Race for Life routes mainly traverse scenic countryside and sprawling parks, so hopefully the stunning views will distract you from your wobbly legs!

To enter a Race for Life half marathon click here.

Feeling inspired? For your chance to win one of 20 Race for Life starter kits, including a T-shirt, cap, water bottle and wristband, let us know in the comments section below how you’re going to do your bit to help beat cancer.

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Great Idea

Jan66 20/05/2018

- but I've recently injured my ankles falling down some stairs, so I am taking it steady for a little while until they heal. Shopping for those P&G products to help raise funds will have to do for now (for me anyway). Its a great idea though and all the best to all who are entering. Perhaps some walking events would be good for those of us not able to do any running?



wonderful idea to keep us all fit and raise money for cancer. need a mini short race for the kids.



wow lots of ways to help and to get fit too. i will be choosing a lower level of fitness one as i am not too fit.



i will be helping by shopping lol!


nina1 16/05/2018

wow! so many great ways to raise money and awareness of this disease and cause. i think i will shop as that's what i like to do the most!

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