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Charity launches its 30th Race for Life

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Anyone who joins this January can claim 50% off the entry fee

Scots are being invited to kick start the new year by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.    

The charity’s much-loved events are returning to Scotland and anyone who joins this January can claim 50% off the entry fee (see below).

This is the 30th year of Race for Life and participants will receive a special medal to mark the milestone.  

Every year around 33,200 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland and money raised at Race for Life enables scientists to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer - helping to save more lives.   

Organisers are appealing for Scots of all ages and abilities to stride out to help beat cancer with Scotland’s first Race for Life 5K and 10K events of the year kicking off in Stirling on Sunday, 30 April, closely followed this spring by events across the country everywhere from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, Falkirk to Fife. Scotland’s biggest Race for Life is on Sunday, 21 May at Glasgow Green, Greendyke Street. People of all ages and abilities are welcome at events.

Cancer Research UK Race for Life is the UK’s largest charity mass participation event. Since it began in 1994, around 10 million people have taken part, raising more than £920m to help fund cutting-edge research into cancer.  

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “January is the perfect time to commit to getting a little more active. 

“We’d love for as many people as possible across Scotland to join us during our 30th year of Race for Life. Race for Life is a powerful way to celebrate and remember loved ones affected by cancer and to raise money for pioneering research.  

“Whether people are living with cancer, taking part in honour of or in memory of a loved one with cancer or signing up to protect their own children’s future, everyone has a reason to Race for Life.   

“Sadly one in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime but support through events like Race for Life funds groundbreaking work to see more people surviving cancer. 

“For some, the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park. Slow and steady still wins. For others, it’s a jog. Others may opt to push themselves harder and take part in the 10K distance. But what is for certain is we’re looking forward to welcoming people of all ages and abilities.” 

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life raises funds for world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer – including bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia.    

Take part using the half-price sale code RFL23NY. To enter, visit