How you can take part in the Race For Life from the safety of your home during lockdown
Dedicated fundraisers will run, jog and walk around their homes in an effort to show their support for Cancer Research UK during the coronavirus pandemic.
But as the lockdown continues, supporters are being encouraged to complete a Race for Life challenge at home, in their garden or their nearest green space.
Lisa Millett, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for the North East, said: “At a time when it feels like everything’s at a standstill, there is one thing that hasn’t stopped - cancer.
“Our priority as a charity is ensuring that people affected by cancer are getting the support they need right now.
“But we are already getting people asking about doing Race for Life at Home this spring because they don’t want to see the charity lose out on vital funding and because they feel that the fight against cancer shouldn’t stop for anything – even coronavirus.
“So from their homes, we’d love for supporters to join us and Race for Life at Home in these challenging times.
“From a walk, jog or run or 5K around the garden to limbo in the living room, there is no wrong way to Race for Life at Home.
“The message is very much that ‘while we might be apart, we’re doing this together’.”
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.
Many of the scientists and researchers funded by Cancer Research UK are currently being redeployed to help in the fight against Covid-19, including assisting with testing. By helping to beat coronavirus, the charity can lessen the impact that it is having on the care of cancer patients.
People can visit raceforlife.org for ideas on how they can create their own Race for Life at Home challenge.
Entry is free and participants can share photos and videos of their efforts on social media using #RaceForLifeAtHome.