Sign Up To Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life Right Now

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Sign Up To Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life Right Now

This is a sponsored article on behalf of Cancer Research UK.

If we can think of one good reason to get on our feet this summer, it's Cancer Research UK's Race for Life.

The event, which started life at Battersea Park in 1994 with only 680 participants, is now one of the largest fundraising events in the UK — organisers hope that 400,000 people will take part this year, with 50,000 of those being Londoners. Races take place all over the capital, and they're suitable for all abilities too, meaning there's no excuse not to get stuck in.

So, the question is, to all the London ladies out there... will you lace up your trainers, and join the sea of pink?

Topaz, a singer and dancer who lives in Victoria, took part for the first time in 2014 following her recovery from breast cancer. As a cancer survivor, she's witnessed the fantastic work that Cancer Research UK does first hand, and encourages other Londoners to do their part in helping tackle the disease.

"Cancer completely changed my life. At the time I was diagnosed I was in a regular nine to five job but after I recovered, I decided to live a healthier lifestyle, teach dance fitness and try to inspire others to do the same."

After her first race, Topaz asked if she could perform a dance track on stage. She has since become a regular fixture at many Race for Life events in the capital, inspiring Londoners with her story and fun-filled warm-up routines.

"I've been doing that for three years now — I get them moving and I share my story. To stand in front of these inspiring women makes me incredibly happy and grateful. Through volunteering at Race for Life I’ve gained a family.

Everyone has a different story — some have lost loved ones, some are there to support family or friends, some are survivors, some are going through cancer right now. But everyone has the same aim: to raise funds to help future generations survive.

Inspired by Topaz's story? We've rounded up just a few of the Race for Life events you can get involved with in London this year.

Regent's Park — 26 May

This one's for those eager to get started: it's the first London event of the year. Walk, run or jog — it's the taking part that counts — around one of London's most iconic parks, with two distances to choose from.

5k | 10k

Blackheath — 1 July

Like to get down and dirty? Race for Life is launching its first ever Blackheath Pretty Muddy event this year, with runners invited to battle through a muddy obstacle course.

5k | 10k | Pretty Muddy

Hyde Park — 29 July

Join thousands of other Londoners on a summer's day run through Hyde Park. With any luck, the weather might be on your side too!

5k | 10k

Pretty Muddy Kids

Race for Life's Pretty Muddy Kids events are just like their adult equivalent — but with added mud, thrills and spills. Glorious.

Clapham | Finsbury Park | Hammersmith | Olympic Park | Blackheath | Morden

Nothing convenient? More than 350 events are taking place across the UK, including many more in London. Click here to search for a Race for Life near you.

Last Updated 28 March 2018