Race For Life to return safely to Bedford in July 2021

Muddy funsters (pre-covid)

In July, Priory Park will once again host the Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life and organisers are urging participants to ‘look beyond lockdown’ to sign up.

The charity’s much-loved events are aiming to return to the Borough on 3 and 4 July but with socially distanced measures to help keep participants safe.

The weekend will see 3k, 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events to take part in and anyone who signs up this January can claim a special 30% off the entry fee by using the code JAN2021.

Cancer Research UK is not alone in losing a devastating amount of funding as a result of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Fundraising events have been cancelled and charity shops closed, leading to a huge loss of revenue.

The charity is predicting a staggering £300 million drop in income over the next three years which could put future medical breakthroughs at risk.

That’s why, more than ever this year, the charity is calling on men, women and children to join their fight against cancer by entering a Race for Life event at Priory Park in Bedford across the weekend of 3 and 4 July.

Pippa Waite, Cancer Research UK’s Event Manager for Bedford, said: “Our Race for Life events are open to all and we’re sending a heart-felt message to everyone to come together in 2021.

“As always at our events, the health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers is our top priority.

“It may be that events look a little different this year but we are working proactively with our venues and suppliers to deliver a socially distanced but great experience.”

Race for Life
Race for Life

Participants will set off on the course either alone or in small socially distanced groups.

Hand sanitiser will also be provided at all events with participants encouraged to use it before and after the event.

Pippa explained: “Although ‘Race’ features in the name, our events are not competitive. Instead, ‘the Race for Life’ is about our doctors, nurses and scientists working as hard and fast as possible to help more people survive.

“We’ll ask participants to respect social distancing before, during and after the event. It means that this year people should refrain from hugging others at the finish line. But we promise our events will remain fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting.

“Participants, all united in a common cause to beat cancer, take part at their own pace. 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 or a run. But what is for certain is we’re looking forward to welcoming people across Bedfordshire back.

“We hope that none of our Race for Life events are cancelled in 2021 and will do everything we can to keep people safe. If we do have to cancel any of our events we will let participants know as soon as possible and they will be entitled to a refund.”

Money raised through Race for Life events funds 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.

To enter, visit raceforlife.org