ORGANISERS of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Solihull have announced a new date this autumn for the fundraising event.
The charity has postponed Race for Life events this spring and summer across the UK to protect the country’s health during the coronavirus outbreak. This includes the Race for Life 5K at Malvern Park, Solihull which can no longer take place on Sunday June 14.
But runners across Solihull can once again be part of the empowering Race for Life movement and show support to the 31,600 people diagnosed with cancer every year in the West Midlands. The Race for Life 5K event has been rescheduled for Sunday September 13.
Participants who had already signed up for the Race for Life event in June can transfer their entry to the new September date. Entries are also open for more people to join at raceforlife.org
Katie Bevan, Cancer Research UK Event Manager for Solihull, said: “We’re sending a heartfelt message to everyone to seize the opportunity and come join us to Race for Life in Solihull this September at Malvern Park.
“As the coronavirus outbreak continues to unfold, we are listening to the advice and guidance of the UK Government carefully.
“While our priority is ensuring that people affected by cancer get the support and information they need during unprecedented times, we’re having to work quickly to understand the impact the pandemic will have on Cancer Research UK’s fundraising.
“We have urgently reviewed our events, including Race for Life. As the safety of our supporters, volunteers, suppliers and staff across the hundreds of Race for Life events due to take place in 2020 is incredibly important we have made the decision to postpone the events scheduled in May, June and July including Race for Life Solihull this June.
“We hope men, women and children will unite against cancer and make Race for Life Solihull the best yet this September. Together we can beat cancer.
“Since it began, Race for Life has raised over £890m for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who has taken part and hope their support will continue throughout these unprecedented times.”
Cancer Research UK said it was able to spend 11 million last year in the West Midlands on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. Now 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 for the virus. By helping to beat coronavirus, the charity can lessen the impact that this virus is having on the care of cancer patients.
For more information, visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.