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Cancer Research UK launches 5k 'Race for Life at home' event

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Fundraisers across Suffolk are set to Race for Life at Home and carry on the fight against cancer as the nation looks beyond lockdown.

Organisers Cancer Research UK have postponed events for the spring and early summer such as the Race for Life in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

Now, undeterred women and men are vowing to raise funds by completing their own Race for Life 5k in their nearest green space this April.

The Race for Life Events this year have been postponed. Picture by Richard Marsham.
The Race for Life Events this year have been postponed. Picture by Richard Marsham.

Patrick Keely, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for Suffolk, said: “The truth is, Covid-19 has slowed us down. But we will never stop and we are absolutely determined to continue to create better cancer treatments for tomorrow.

"But we can not do it alone. Sadly, cancer touches almost every family at some point. Every step our scientists take towards beating cancer relies on our supporters. That’s why we need as many people as possible across Suffolk to join us, to stand united and do something extraordinary to help beat cancer.”

Research funding has been heavily hit by the pandemic, with Cancer Research UK predicting a £300million drop in income over the next three years which could put future medical breakthroughs at risk.

Though Race for Life at home can be done at any time, a live broadcast will be on the Cancer Research UK Race for Life Facebook and Race for Life Instagram pages on Saturday, April 24, including an energiser from a fitness expert as well as inspirational messages of support from people who have been through cancer.

Participants are then invited to run, walk or jog 5k. Organisers are also inviting participants to share photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #RaceatHome

To find out more, go to raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org

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