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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Lets beat it

Lindac 20/08/2018

After losing both parents to Cancer and watching my sister battle with Lung cancer makes me all the more determined to do all I can to raise money to help find a cure for this devastating disease.


Michellemm 01/08/2018

God bless all those getting involved in this extremely important cause xxx

Afternoon tea

Hockeymum1477 19/07/2018

As a cancer survivor I’m not physically fit enough to run, so my girlfriends and I are doing afternoon tea together, with a raffle (donated prizes).

Bootcamp or Bust

Tabbaz 28/06/2018

I have recently signed up to Bootcamp - Old fashioned style bootcamp that works for me....One lady there has been so inspirational I have already put my name down for tough runner later this year! They also have a boxercise session and have 3 lovely ladies who are getting in the ring in the name of fighting cancer - I am not brave enough ...YET but have sponsored them and train with them too

Pretty Muddy for me

Daisydaisy75 28/06/2018

I will join Pretty Muddy near me. Love fun in mud etc.

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