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Join this year’s Race for Life in South West Hertfordshire

Credit: Cancer Research UK.

Residents in South West Hertfordshire are being encouraged to sign up to this year’s Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Now in it’s 26th year, the popular event will once again return to Watford (21 May) and St Albans (17 July).

Anyone who decides to register in January can claim 50% off the entry fee, as part of the half-price sale using the code RFL22J50.

The money raised through Race for Life will help fund scientific research into 200 types of cancer.

Elisa Mitchell, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson in the East, said: “Everyone can play their part to help beat cancer. 

“January is the perfect time for people to commit to getting a little more active. By signing up to Race for Life, there’s the chance to raise money for life-saving research.

“Sadly, cancer affects all of us in some way. Whether people are living with cancer, taking part in honour of or in memory of a loved one with cancer or signing up to protect their own children’s future, everyone has a reason to Race for Life.”

Race for Life is the biggest series of fundraising events for Cancer Research UK.

Taking place throughout the country, the race includes 3k, 5k and 10k routes where participants can walk, jog or run. There is also a Pretty Muddy obstacle course.

Credit: Cancer Research UK.

Originally a women-only event, the first Race for Life was held at Battersea in 1994 with 750 participants. It has now been open to men since 2019. 

Today, there are hundreds of Race for Life events across the UK – raising almost £900 million over the last quarter of a century.

This year’s two events in South West Hertfordshire are open to all ages and abilities, with a range of routes taking place at Watford’s Cassiobury Park as well as Verulamium Park in St Albans.

Those attending Race for Life in Watford will also have the opportunity to participate in the Pretty Muddy obstacle course.

Elisa Mitchell added: “Our Race for Life events are open to all. For some people, the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park. Slow and steady still wins. For others, it’s a jog.

“Others may opt to push themselves harder and take part in the 10K distance. But what is for certain is we’re looking forward to welcoming people of all ages and abilities.”

All events will follow current government guidance on Covid-19, with hand sanitiser provided at each location. Participants will also be able to obtain a full refund, if any events are cancelled. 

As the official partner for Race for Life, Tesco has raised more than £60 million for Cancer Research UK.

Over 400,000 Tesco colleagues and customers have taken part in the fundraising event since 2002.

Oonagh Turnbull, Head of Health Campaigns at Tesco, commented: “This will be our 21st year in partnership with Cancer Research UK and Race for Life and we hope this year can be the biggest yet.” 

To enter the 2022 Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life visit: www.raceforlife.org

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