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Secondary Schools

We're not athletes, we're cancer beaters

Secondary school students at Race for Life

Whether you sign up to Race for Life because a member of your community has been affected by cancer or because you want to get active and have fun for a great cause, your school is motivated and that's all you need.

It’s free to take part and easy to organise - you choose the date, place and distance and we’ll send you your kit, packed with Race materials. 

Covid-19 update

Based on the UK Government’s decision to close schools due to the coronavirus outbreak, we are pausing registrations for Race for Life Schools.  If your school has already signed up to host an event, we encourage you to reschedule this once the school safely reopens.

Thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times.

How to put on your Race for Life

Secondary school students at 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 schools Race for Life free resources


Why not have a look at our free resources and fundraising tips to help your school get raising funds to help beat cancer sooner.

Free resources and fundraising tips

To help you plan a safe and successful fundraising event, take a look at our Health and Safety advice.

You can also check out our FAQs below to find out all you need to know about holding your very own Race for Life.


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 you 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 you 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.

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