Organisers of Cancer Research’s Race for Life event in Rotherham have scrapped the fundraiser this year because of a lack of runners.
The charity event, which would most likely have taken place in Herringthorpe in the summer, was scrapped over concerns about costs.
The event in July earlier this year attracted 850 runners. Organisers said they ‘regret’ the ‘difficult decision’ but ‘reducing costs’ will mean there will be more money available for research into cancer instead.
Adam Lockton, Cancer Research UK’s national event manager for the north, 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 850 women took part at our event in Rotherham in July, entries were lower than anticipated.
“Taking the costs of staging the event into consideration, we’ve taken the difficult decision not to run it again in 2016.
“We are very grateful to our participants, and their supporters, who took part in the event this year and in the past.
“The charity would also like to thank Herringthorpe Stadium for their support.
“We want to express our heart-felt thanks to everyone who has taken part in Race for Life in Rotherham and we hope our supporters will understand the reason for this difficult decision for 2016.”
Adam added: “We would really like to encourage everyone who took part at the Rotherham event to consider entering Race for Life at Rother Valley, Sheffield or Doncaster in 2016 if they are able to. Survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.”
The 5k ‘Pretty Muddy’ event is scheduled to take place at Rother Valley Country Park on May 7, followed by another 5k and 10k on May 15. The Doncaster 5k race is scheduled to take place at Town Fields on June 26. For more information visit www.raceforlife.org