Race for Life 2023
RACE FOR LIFE
Everyone has a reason to Race. Who will you Race for?
Race for family, for friends, for future generations.
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
2023 marks the 30th year of Race for Life - join the celebration! Whether you're looking for a challenge or a fun day out, choose from our 3k, 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events.
Race for Life for Bowelbabe
This year, you have the choice to join us at Race for Life and celebrate Dame Deborah James. You can choose to Race for Bowelbabe at any event, and all the money you raise will go to the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK.
THE DIFFERENCE YOU MAKE
10 million participants
10 million+ participants have taken part in Race for Life events since 1994, fundraising for Cancer Research UK.
Race for Life has raised over £940 million towards life-saving cancer research since it began 30 years ago.
Thanks to fundraising, Cancer Research UK helped develop radiotherapy, which helps 130,000+ UK patients 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
“Pretty Muddy® gives you a good buzz, it’s really uplifting."
"I felt really good after the event, it’s an adrenaline rush but also so touching with all the people that are there on their cancer journey and raising money for the future. I’ve been doing Pretty Muddy® for a few years now, and I really enjoy it, it’s lots of fun and the children did it for the first time last year with special meaning because my husband has cancer at the moment. We’re all going to do it again in the summer.”
Sarah, Pretty Muddy® Preston 2022
"I got muddy and I liked the bouncy castle slide at the end!"
“I liked doing the run as I like to get dirty and mum didn’t mind this time! My dad's medicine isn’t working so he needs a new one to make him feel better. We need lots of money to kill cancer. I hate stupid cancer. I'm going to run faster this time and leave the girls behind!” - Ryan, aged 11
“I got muddy running with mummy. I was proud doing it for my daddy. There was lots of people and I liked the bouncy castle slide at the end.” - Amy, aged 7
Ryan, Amy and their mum Sarah took part in Pretty Muddy® Kids Preston 2022, in honour of their Dad who has cancer
WHAT YOU'LL RECEIVE
Exclusive Race for Life 30th year medal when you cross the finish line and help beat cancer.
A fundraising pack with a customisable back sign, top tips and support to help you smash your fundraising target.
Training support and access to a Facebook community to help you enjoy and complete your challenge.
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT RACE FOR LIFE
Introducing our new headline sponsor: Standard Life
Cancer Research UK is proud to be working with Standard Life as the new headline sponsor of Race for Life, the charity's flagship fundraising event series. Standard Life are passionate about encouraging their customers, colleagues and local communities to take part and raise vital funds for life-saving cancer research.