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Will you join the Race for Life this year?

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Organisers of two local Race for Life events which are due to take place in May, are pressing ahead with plans for the fundraising events and asking people to sign up early.

Cancer Research UK has been busy putting in place plans to make the race events in Wigan, Leigh and Haydock take place in a socially distanced manner – and hope that whatever restrictions are in place at the time will enable the popular events to go ahead, safely.

The Race for Life events are one of Cancer Research UK’s most popular and significant fund raisers – and to have no such events taking place last year has been an enormous blow to the charity.

In fact, COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on research funding. 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. Sadly, every year around 42,300 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West and the statistics show that one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will get cancer in their lifetime.

That’s why the charity is calling on men, women and children to fight back against this devastating disease by signing up for a Race for Life event. Money raised will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, helping to save more lives.

When are the local Race for Life events?

The Race for Life events take place at Haigh Woodland Park on Wednesday, May 19; Pennington Flash on Sunday, May 30; and Haydock Park Racecourse on Sunday, July 11, and are open to people of all ages and abilities.

How do I sign up?

Sign up now at raceforlife.org. And if you do it before the end of this month, you’ll get a special 30 per cent off the entry fee by using the code JAN2021.