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Everyone welcome at Race for Life in Norwich and King's Lynn

Written by  Michael Jarvis
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Everyone welcome at Race for Life in Norwich and King's Lynn

People are being invited to kick start the New Year by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Norwich and King’s Lynn.

The charity’s much-loved events are returning to Norfolk and anyone who joins this January can claim 50 per cent off the entry fee, as part of a half-price sale, by using the code RFL23NY*.

This is the 30th year of Race for Life and participants will receive a special medal to mark the milestone.

Every year around 36,600 people are diagnosed with cancer in the East of England**. Money raised at Race for Life enables scientists to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer – helping to save more lives.

The Race for Life events in Norwich take place at Norfolk Showground across Saturday, 13 May and Sunday, 14 May. Women, men and children can choose from 3k, 5k and 10k options on the Sunday, or there are mud-splattered obstacle courses, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids, to tackle on the Saturday.

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Race for Life King’s Lynn will be at Houghton Hall on Tuesday, 27 June. There will be 3k and 5k distances.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Standard Life, is the UK’s largest charity mass participation event. Since it began in 1994 around 10m people have taken part, raising over £920m to help fund cutting-edge research into cancer.

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Michael Jarvis, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson in the East of England, said: “January is the perfect time to commit to getting a little more active. “We’d love as many people as possible across Norfolk to join us during our 30th year of Race for Life. Race for Life is a powerful way to celebrate and remember loved ones affected by cancer and to raise money for pioneering research. 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. Sadly, 1 in 2 of us will get cancer in our lifetime***, but support through events like Race for Life funds ground-breaking work to see more people surviving cancer. For some 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 certain is we’re looking forward to welcoming people of all ages and abilities.”

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Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Standard Life, raises funds for world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer, including bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia.

Andy Curran, chief executive of Standard Life, said: “We’re extremely proud to have been chosen as the headline sponsor of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. "This sponsorship will help encourage participation and raise funds for life-saving research to help beat cancer.”

To enter visit raceforlife.org 

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* The Race for Life half-price sale runs between Tuesday, 27 December and Tuesday, 31 January, 2023.

** Based on the average annual number of new cases of all cancers combined excluding non-melanoma skin cancer (ICD10 C00-C97 excluding C44) diagnosed in the East of England region of England between 2017 and 2019.

Source: NCRAS (part of NHS Digital) Cancer registration statistics, England, 2019.

***Based on Ahmad AS, Ormiston-Smith N, Sasieni PD. Trends in the lifetime risk of developing cancer in Great Britain: Comparison of risk for those born in 1930 to 1960(link is external).  Br J Cancer 2015;bjc.2014:606.

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