Doncaster's annual Race for Life cancelled due to coronavirus

Doncaster’s annual Race for Life event has been cancelled, after Cancer Research UK announced 400 nationwide races will not go ahead because of the coronavirus.

Thursday, 4th June 2020, 2:00 pm
Updated Friday, 5th June 2020, 10:33 am

Organisers have postponed 400 Race for Life events across the UK to protect public health as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

The organisation’s 5K and 10K races at Town Fields, Doncaster were due to take place on Sunday September 20. Participants who have already signed up will be contacted directly.

Cancer Research UK expects to see its fundraising income decline by up to 25 per cent in the next financial year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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There won't be pictures of runners at the Race for Life finish line this year as the organisers cancel over 400 races across the country.

Cancer Research UK’s Yorkshire spokesperson Nicki Embleton said: “We remain tirelessly committed to making progress for people affected by cancer but now more than ever, support from the public will be vital.

“We simply will not be able to continue funding our life-saving work without it.

“Since it began in 1994, Race for Life has raised over £890m for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who has taken part and hope their support will continue.

“We know Race for Life is such a treasured part of the UK’s events calendar and it is with a heavy heart that for the first time in 27 years we have to announce that it won’t be taking place.

Doncaster's annual Race for Life event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

“The safety of our supporters, volunteers, suppliers and staff is however essential.”

The charity which hopes their annual fun-runs will be able to return by 2021, has urged people to continue taking part in by competing in ‘Race for Life at Home’ using their garden or nearest green space to help raise money.

Participants have shared photos and videos of their fundraising challenges using the hashtag #RaceForLifeAtHome.

Nicki continued: “From a run or 5K walk around the garden or local park to limbo in the living room, there is no wrong way to Race for Life at Home.

“With no entry fee, people might choose to twerk, star jump, squat, skip, dance, trampoline, or come up with their own novel way of taking part and share it with friends.

“We’re urging everyone – men women and children – to join our community and help raise vital funds.