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'Please take part': Race for Life organisers in Suffolk issue heartfelt plea

People are being encouraged to look beyond lockdown by making a date to join Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

The charity’s much-loved events are aiming to return to Suffolk and Norfolk but with socially distanced measures to help keep participants safe.

Cancer Research UK is predicting a staggering £300 million drop in income over the next three years which could put future medical breakthroughs at risk.

Participant Sara Wilson is backing Race for Life
Participant Sara Wilson is backing Race for Life

Money raised will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, helping to save more lives.

Emily Rowling, Cancer Research UK’s Event Manager for Norfolk, said: “All 400 mass-participation Race for Life events across the UK were cancelled last year to protect the country’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“So this year, more than ever, we need people to come together and help beat the disease. The truth is, Covid-19 has slowed us down.

"But we will never stop and we are determined to continue to create better cancer treatments for tomorrow.

"Every step our scientists take towards beating cancer relies on our supporters.

Our Race for Life events are open to all and we’re sending a heart-felt message to everyone to come together in 2021.

Every year, around 35,500 people are diagnosed with cancer in the East of England and one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will get cancer in their lifetime.

Participants this year will set off on a course either alone or in small socially distanced groups. Hand sanitiser will also be provided,

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, will hold series of 3k, 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events.

Suffolk events will take place in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and

Anyone who signs up this January can claim a 30 per cent off the entry fee by using the code JAN2021.

Visit raceforlife.org

If any events are cancelled, refunds will be issued.

Events in the East of England include:

Bury St Edmunds

3k, 5k & 10k – June 6


5k, 10k – July 4


3k,5k,10k and Pretty Muddy – June 20

Kings Lynn

3k & 5k – July 13


3k,5k,10k and Pretty Muddy – July 10 & 11

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