Cancer Research UK announce no more Race for Life events in Rugby

Thousands have taken part in Rugby's Race for Life in the past few years
Thousands have taken part in Rugby's Race for Life in the past few years
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Race for Life will not take place in Rugby next year.

Organisers say changes are being made to help raise more money for vital research by reducing costs.

Lucy Morton, Cancer Research UK Event Manager for the Midlands, said: “Race for Life raises money to fund life-saving research so we owe it to our participants and supporters to ensure that we raise as much money as possible in the most cost efficient way.

“Although 1,469 women took part at our event in Rugby in July, entries were lower than anticipated. Taking the costs of staging the event into consideration, we have had to take the difficult decision not to run it again in 2015.

“We are very grateful to our participants, and their supporters, who took part in the event this year at the Whitehall Recreation Ground and to those who have taken part in the past at Rugby School.”

The charity would like to thank both venues and The Queens Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre for their support.

“We want to express our heart-felt thanks to everyone who has taken part in Race for Life in Rugby and we hope our supporters will understand the reason for this difficult decision.

“We would really like to encourage everyone who took part at the Rugby event to consider entering Race for Life 5K at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, if they are able to or even try something new by taking part in the Coventry and Warwickshire Pretty Muddy event.

Open to women and girls of all fitness levels over the age of 13, the 5k Pretty Muddy event is like Race for Life but with added obstacles - and mud.

Lucy added: “Pretty Muddy isn’t about blood, sweat and tears – it’s about fun, friendship and fundraising to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

“Thanks to research, more people are beating cancer than ever before. Survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.”

Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year to help beat 200 types of cancer sooner – helping men, women and children across the Midlands enjoy more tomorrows.

For more information about alternative Cancer Research UK Race for Life events visit www.raceforlife.org

What do you think about the event being pulled? Please let us know by emailing lucie.green@rugbyadvertiser.co.uk