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Peterborough Race for Life events to return this summer

Race for Life, in aid of Cancer Research, has announced dates for Peterborough and Stamford events this summer.
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Sara Wilson, a cancer survivor, supporting Race for Life

Cancer Research UK is encouraging people of all ages and abilities to look past lockdown and sign up to complete one of the courses in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, after the event was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

In Peterborough, participants can complete the 3k, 5k or 10k. In Stamford, the options are the 3k, 5k, 10k or the pretty muddy course - with a designated pretty muddy kids race also being run.

Race for Life will return to the East of England Showground on Sunday, June 27 and to Burghley House on Sunday, June 5. 

Emily Rowling, Cancer Research UK’s event manager for the region, 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.

“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."

A staggered start time will be in operation on the day in order to ensure participant safety during the Covid-19 crisis. Inviting family and friends to spectate may not be possible due to the pandemic and government restrictions at the time of the event; an update will be provided nearer the time.

People interested in volunteering are also encouraged to sign up to help at the races.

Figures from February 2020 released by Cancer Research UK show that there are around 4,700 cancer cases per year in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), with around 2,000 deaths per year.

In 2019, more than 20,000 people took part in Cancer Research UK events in the East of England, with nearly £2.5million raised.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cancer Research UK faces a £300 million drop in income this year. Fundraising events were cancelled and national restrictions continue to affect the charity shops.

To enter the 2021 Race for Life, visit raceforlife.org.