PEOPLE are being invited to kick start the New Year by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life Winchester.   

The charity’s much-loved events are returning to the city and anyone who joins this January can claim a special 50 per cent off the entry fee as part of the half-price sale by using the code RFL22J50

Every year around 55,800 people are diagnosed with cancer in the south east and one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will get cancer in their lifetime. In the Winchester area, 3,600 people per year are diagnosed with cancer.

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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 take place at North Walls Recreation Ground in Winchester on May 22 and are open to people of all ages and abilities. 

Elisa Mitchell, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson in the south 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.

“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.

“But what is for certain is we’re looking forward to welcoming people of all ages and abilities. Race for Life Winchester will be fun, emotional, colourful, uplifting and an unforgettable event this year.”

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Race for Life events across the UK this year will follow current government guidance to protect against Covid. Hand sanitiser will be provided at all events.

Elisa added: “We hope that none of our Race for Life events are cancelled in 2022 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 full refund.” 

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, 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.  

Oonagh Turnbull, head of health campaigns at Tesco, said: “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.”

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