A message of encouragement from the Race For Life team
Make your experience as serious or as fun as you want
Being a non-competitive event, our participants have FUN. It’s about showing up together and beating cancer, which means we’re here to celebrate our strength and positivity in the face of adversity. Hula hoops, pom poms, pink wigs, and fairy wings are just some of the various forms of race attires that we see at our events. We’ve even seen people dancing around the courses! Walk, run, or jog; however you want to do your event, and in whatever outfit, there will be hundreds of others cheering you on.
It’s more than just a walk or run through the park
Race for Life is keen to create meaningful experiences for everyone, so we have a line-up of traditional and less traditional events. Chelmsford’s Pretty Muddy 5k is our fantastically fun muddy obstacle course. Feel like a kid again as you’re guaranteed to finish covered in mud, and go home feeling like a superhero.
Raise money for life changing research
Race for Life is a charity event by Cancer Research UK. By taking part, you’ll be funding research for something that 1 in 2 of us will be diagnosed with. Cancer doesn’t discriminate; every year, people from different backgrounds and age groups are diagnosed with cancer. There couldn’t be a more urgent need for research, and we’re the only organisation that funds research into more than 200 types of cancer, including the one that’s most important to you.
Any woman can do Race for Life
Our events are for every woman. This is not just a cliché that we like to whip out to gain support; it really is true. We have a range of training plans for any fitness level, there is no maximum time that participants must complete the course in, and there is no prize for whoever finishes first. This is an inclusive environment that is set up for anyone from any fitness background. Walkers are not failures and runners are not winners; a huge number of our participants love walking the entire course because that’s what makes them feel good!
A family friendly event
If you want to take part with all the females in your family, you can! Entrants have to be six years old or over to enter, which means that you can have every generation of your family in the race doing a summertime outdoors challenge together. You can even take the baby around in a pushchair with you!
Spend quality time with your friends
What’s great about Race for Life is that you can sign up and train as a group. In this digital age, training for Race for Life with your friends is a fantastic and meaningful way to socialise in the great outdoors, away from phones and the telly. Push yourselves together, and by the time the race day comes, find yourselves crossing that finish line with linking arms. Could there be a better excuse to bond than training for a vital cancer beating race?
This year, the kids can get muddy too in Pretty Muddy Kids
Kids can be part of the muddy obstacle mayhem at Hylands Park. A 5k kid friendly route has been constructed to encourage both boys and girls to get active to beat cancer, while having lots of fun in the meantime. What better way is there to get the kids outside this summer?
Take part in other local events
If you enjoyed walking through Hylands Park, you can take part in the North Norfolk Coast Hike on the 8th September and hike through beautiful rugged scenery. If a long distance challenge is what you’re after, sign up to the Half Marathon in Lee Valley on the 7th October.
Be surrounded by inspiring women
Year on year, we are always blown away by the vast numbers of passionate and strong women who participate in our events. These are women who are survivors, who have lost loved ones to cancer, or know someone who has and want to do something challenging to prevent this from happening. Being a women only event, this is a safe and empowering environment where you won’t be judged to take part. At Race for Life, we want women to believe that they can move their bodies, regardless of size, shape, or fitness level, in order to do something epic.
We’d love to see you there at Hylands Park on Sunday 22nd July. Sign up now at raceforlife.org.
The Race for Life team x