Frequently asked questions

If your question is not answered here, please call us on 0845 600 6050. Lines are open Monday – Friday, 8.00am to 9.00pm, Saturday and Sunday (and bank holidays) 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Why can’t men take part in Race for Life?

We understand that men want to help beat cancer at Race for Life and we are very grateful for their support to Cancer Research UK. We have looked into opening up Race for Life to both sexes in the past. For more information, have a look at our detailed page.

Why is there no event in my area?

We continuously review where we deliver our events to ensure that people across the UK have the opportunity to take part in Race for Life without having to travel too far. When staging a Race for Life event, we need to balance the costs of delivering the event, the numbers attending and the income we can raise, to ensure that each Race for Life raises as much money for our life-saving scientific research as possible. If you feel that your town is too far from its nearest Race for Life, but there is sufficient support, please do get in touch on 0845 600 6050.

Can I move to another event/wave?

If you can no longer attend your 5k or 10k event but would still like to take part in another event on an alternate date, you can give us a call on 0845 600 6050 and change for a £5 admin fee. Unfortunately, for Pretty Muddy events we cannot move people between waves once they have registered; so make sure you select the correct wave when entering.

Why are boys allowed to enter Race for Life?

For the first time three years ago we trialled allowing boys aged 12 and under to take part in Race for Life alongside an adult female. We have now decided to continue allowing them to take part. If you want to register a boy aged 12 or under, please give us a call on 0845 600 6050.

Wheelchair assistance

If you are taking part in a wheelchair with an assistant pushing you, your assistant needs to be registered as a volunteer if they are not registered to take part in the event. This means that men can be your assistant to push the wheelchair as they will be wearing a volunteer t-shirt and covered by insurance. Find out how to volunteer for Race for Life.

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