South Queensferry Race for Life event postponed until later in the year

Determined fundraisers are set to Race for Life at Home and carry on the fight against the disease as the nation looks beyond lockdown. 

Friday, 26th March 2021, 2:07 pm
Dr Saadia Karim who is a cancer scientist at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute has been chosen to help launch Race for Life at Home. Photo by Mark Anderson.

Organisers Cancer Research UK have postponed events for the spring and early summer to protect people’s health as the country emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic- and this includes the Race for Life 5K and 10K which had been due to take place at Hopetoun House, South Queensferry on Sunday July 18.

Covid-19 has caused a devastating loss of research funding. Cancer Research UK is predicting a staggering £300 million drop in income over the next three years which could put future medical breakthroughs at risk.  

Now, undeterred women and men are vowing to raise funds by completing their own Race for Life 5K in their nearest green space this April. 

They plan to take part outdoors either alone or in small, socially distanced groups to help people with cancer. 

People can visit raceforlife.org to enter Race for Life at Home for £5* then receive a Race pack which includes a medal.  

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK’s spokeswoman for Scotland, said: “Even whilst we’re still apart, we can unite against cancer.

“There are a million reasons to Race for Life at Home, to help save lives, for those who have had vital treatment delayed or just for a reason to get off the sofa.

"We want people to run, walk or jog 5K and raise money for life-saving research.

“The truth is, Covid-19 has slowed us down.  But we will never stop and we are absolutely determined to continue to create better cancer treatments for tomorrow. But we can’t do it alone. 

"Sadly, cancer touches almost every family at some point. Every step our scientists take towards beating cancer relies on our supporters. 

"That’s why we need as many people as possible to join us, to stand united and do something extraordinary to help beat cancer.”

Every year around 32,400 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland and one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will get cancer in their lifetime.

Sign up to Race for Life at Home this April and visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770. Join in and share with #RaceatHome​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.

Lisa added: “We’d love to invite as many people as possible to Race for Life at Home this spring, then physically come together in the autumn to join us for Race for Life Edinburgh.”

The Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5K and Pretty Muddy Kids events are scheduled for Saturday September 11 at Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston. The Race for Life 3K, 5K and 10K events are Hopetoun House, South Queensferry are now scheduled for Sunday September 26. The Race for Life Edinburgh 5K and 10K events at Holyrood Park which are open to all ages and abilities are now scheduled for Sunday October 10.