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How we are keeping you safe

Find out what we are doing to keep you safe

Race for Life 10k

As always at our events the health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers is our top priority.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep you updated with our planning, much of which will focus on how we deliver a safe event in the context of all necessary COVID-19 guidelines and precautions.

It may be that events look a little different this year but we are working proactively with our venues and suppliers to deliver a great experience on site.

We'll continue to review and update this page in line with government guidelines.

How we'll be keeping you safe on race day

We'll be doing everything we can to keep you safe on the day, here's how:

  • We'll be splitting participants into waves to reduce congestion on the course 
  • There will be hand sanitiser provided at your event, which we encourage you to use before and after your race  
  • We'll be encouraging all participants to wear a face mask when they join the start queue and wear it up until they reach the start line
  • To keep our event safe and socially distanced, there won't be a warm-up but we have some warm-up ideas for your which you can do before you start your race
  • Spectators will be allowed at our Race for Life events across England and Wales, however unfortunately for 2021 we are not allowed spectators at our events in Scotland. For Northern Ireland we hope to update this page shortly pending Government announcements. 
  • Most Race for Life events across England and Wales will be able to register participants on the day, however you may have to wait so that you can join a start time that has space for you. This means you won’t necessarily be able to join a start time with your friends and family. Our events in Scotland will not be offering participants to sign up on the day. Our best advice is to sign up to your nearest Race for Life event in advance to avoid disappointment. 

What you can do to keep safe:

  • Sign up to your Race for Life event in advance, as events in Scotland will not be offering participants to sign up on the day
  • Please bring your own bottle of water on the day
  • Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your start time
  • Please bring your face mask. We also suggest bringing a spare one just in case
  • We are not offering a bag drop facility at our events, so please only bring essential items with you
  • Please refrain from hugging other runners when you finish - you can still congratulate each other!
  • Please respect social distancing before, during and after your race 
  • When you have finished your race, please move away from the finish line so it is safe for other participants when they cross over the line
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone that has symptoms please do not attend your event. Check your symptoms here.

Frequently asked questions

We hope that none of our Race for Life events are cancelled in 2021 and will do everything we can to keep our participants, staff and volunteers safe. However, if we are forced to cancel any of our events we will let all participants know as soon as possible and you will be entitled to a refund.


We know that this is an important decision that we can’t make for participants. The health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers is our priority and Race for Life events in 2021 will be socially distanced and incorporate numerous other Covid measures. 

We’d strongly advise people considering attending a Race for Life event who are undergoing treatment for cancer, who have previously been diagnosed with the disease or are in a clinically vulnerable group to speak to their doctor first to discuss individual circumstances. We’d also advise that they check the latest government advice in the area of the UK they live in to help make an informed decision. Participants can refer to latest guidance from the UK government, the Scottish government, the Welsh government and the Northern Ireland government.