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Secondary Schools

Anyone can help beat cancer. Will you?

Beating cancer takes something important - your school. Whether you sign up to Race for Life because a member of your community has been affected by cancer or because you want to rally together and have fun for a great cause, your school is motivated to beat it and that's all you need.

Get the whole school, a year group or class to join the world’s most important race. We’ll give you everything you need to put on the event and together we will help beat cancer.

Sign up to get your free event kit 

Your health and safety is our priority

We want to ensure that all our supporters stay safe while fundraising so have provided some guidance below.  It’s very important you read this before you get planning, to keep you and your students safe:

  • When planning your event ensure that you follow the current COVID-19 restrictions. Check out the latest Government guidance.
  • Ask people not to attend if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive.
  • Please ensure your school maintains good sanitation practices, including regular hand washing.

How to put on your Race for Life

Here’s our checklist to show you just how easy it is to hold your own Race for Life. So all that’s left for you to focus on is your fundraising. 

  • Sign up to Race for Life Schools

  • Receive your event kit

  • Get the event date in the diary

  • Spread the word and send letters home

  • Stick up your posters and wall totaliser

  • Kickstart your fundraising

  • Decorate your back signs

  • Hold your very own Race for Life

  • Collect and return your fundraising

  • Repeat next year!

Secondary school takes part in Race for Life

Whilst your planning is underway, why not have a look at our free resources and fundraising ideas for great tips on how to get your school raising funds to help beat cancer sooner.

Free resources and fundraising tips




Need more information?

Check out our FAQs below to find out all you need to know about holding your own Race for Life Schools event.

The Deanery High School's story

I have organised Race for Life at The Deanery High School for the last three years – seeing the effort, pride and compassion displayed by the pupils and staff is both inspiring and humbling.

Race for Life Schools FAQs

It's down to schools like yours that we can keep developing treatments and funding new research. Every penny you raise will go towards life-saving research in the fight against cancer.

There are all sorts of ways you can fundraise as well as holding your Race for Life. From holding cake sales and quizzes at your school to simply charging students £2 to wear their own clothes for the day, the possibilites are endless! 

There are lots of ways you can pay in your money. As well as your Cancer Research UK Giving Page, you can pay over the phone, by post, or if you have a local contact at Cancer Research UK you can return your money to them.

Despite the name, Race for Life Schools isn't just for schools! No matter what group you're part of you're welcome to hold your own event. From sports teams and community groups to scouts and guiding groups we'd love for you to join us.

You choose the distance of your school's Race for Life and the pace at which your students take part. So it can take as little or as long time as you like. You may even want to consider setting different distances and challenges for different abilities.

You can hold your Race for Life at any time of day and any time of year, whatever suits you. You could incorporate it into a PE lesson or even make a whole day of it and invite along friends and family.

It's up to you who takes part in your Race for Life, all ages and abilities are welcome. Feel free to invite students, staff, family and friends. You may even want to invite along your pets!

We'd always recommend you stick to your school's safeguarding and events policies, but if you have any queries you can visit cruk.org.uk/safety. You can also find a risk assessment template here, which we encourage you to carry out before your Race for Life. 

You will receive an email confirming your registration and you will be given a link to your school's very own Cancer Research UK Giving Page. You can then expect to receive your school's event kit within 3 weeks of registration, this will contain everything you need to host your Race for Life. Then all that's left is for your school to kickstart your fundraising!

The Race for Life team are always happy to help. If you have any questions, call us on 0300 123 0770.