Race for Life 2023
Race for Life
No matter how cancer affects us, life is worth Racing for. Enter Cancer Research UK's Race for Life and raise money for life-saving cancer research.
Find an event near you
Choose the right event for you
There’s a Race for you no matter your age, fitness level or reason for getting out there. Sign up to one of our 3k, 5k, 10k or Pretty Muddy® events today.
You fundraise, we discover
10 million Race for Lifers
Over 10 million of you have taken part in Race for Life events since 1994, fundraising for Cancer Research UK.
Together, you’ve raised over £970 million towards life-changing cancer research since it began more than 30 years ago.
With your money we’ve helped develop radiotherapy, which helps 130,000+ people with cancer in the UK every year.
How to join Race for Life
Search for your local event from hundreds of locations across the country and sign up today.
We'll support you with your fundraising. Share your Giving Page and see the donations roll in!
Have fun at your Race for Life event and make a day of it! All your hard work will help beat cancer.
The Race for Life experience
"You feel connected to so many people and part of a community"
"The atmosphere is just amazing. People are all there for a reason, usually to remember somebody or support somebody who’s going through cancer. When you read the signs on people’s backs it makes you feel connected to so many people and part of a community."
Viv, Race for Life Darlington 2022
“I’m excited to support Race for Life and play my part to fund research"
“It’s thanks to advances in research and treatments that I’m here and can enjoy more special moments with my family and friends. I’m excited to support Race for Life and play my part to fund research today which I hope will also help beat cancer for future generations.”
Carly, Race for Life at home 2020
"Race for Life was an inspiring, uplifting, memorable day"
“Race for Life was an inspiring, uplifting, memorable day surrounded by so many wonderful people each with their own story of how cancer has affected their lives. For me, having my best friend facing stage 4 cancer, the toughest fight of her life all I can do is support her and do what I can to make that journey less daunting and lonely. Race For Life brought people together and with Viv starting the race off, showed the support, care and compassion from the community – it was amazing!”
Tracy, Race for Life Darlington 2022
"I would like to do whatever I can to raise cancer awareness"
“I ran Race for Life in Guildford in August 2022 and raised £800. I will probably run it again next year. I would like to do whatever I can to raise awareness among men not to ignore symptoms, which I think is a tendency. I feel really lucky that although I tried to pretend nothing was wrong at first myself when I found a lump, I did go to the doctors two weeks later and got diagnosed and treated.”
Ian, Race for Life Guildford
“I raised £450 and really enjoyed the experience.”
“In 2020, I took part in a clinical trial to treat stage 4 colorectal cancer. By October 2021, I was in remission. During the trial I was well enough to do the Pretty Muddy Race for Life in Reading with my best friend. I raised £450, really enjoyed the experience and would have done it again this year had the date not clashed with a holiday I’d booked! I’ll probably sign up to do it next year.”
Natasha, Pretty Muddy® Reading, 2020
“We all got so muddy on a rainy day. I loved it.”
“I had a goal of taking part in an obstacle race, but at the same time wanted to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK. The race was really fun and made me feel really strong and full of energy when I finished it. A lot of my friends, my dad and teachers also took part to support me, and we all got so muddy on a rainy day. I loved it.”
Jasper, Pretty Muddy® Kids
What you'll receive
Exclusive Race for Life 2024 medal when you cross the finish line.
A fundraising pack with a customisable back sign and fundraising hints and tips.
Training support and access to a Facebook community to help you make the most of your challenge.
Other ways to support Race for Life
Our headline sponsor: Standard Life
We’re proud to be working again this year with Standard Life, headline sponsor for Race for Life. Standard Life are passionate about encouraging their customers, colleagues and local communities to take part and raise vital funds for life-saving cancer research. Together, we are beating cancer.