The annual fundraiser by Cancer Research UK has been renamed Race for Life At Home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has announced details of an online version of its flagship annual fundraiser Race for Life.
The charity has been running the running event since 1994, raising around £500m over the last 25 years.
A raft of 10k, 5k and fun runs were due to take place from May but due to social distancing measures they have been postponed until later this year.
Ahead of these rescheduled events the charity is staging Race for Life At Home and is encouraging people to take part in exercise and physical activities at home.
The charity is urging people organising an activity at home to share details online using #RaceforLifeAtHome, nominate five friends to take part and donate via its fundraising page.
This could be in their own living room or through a solo walk, jog or run. Those taking part are also being urged to join the event’s Facebook Group.
The virtual fundraising event runs until 15 July and so far more than £2,000 has been raised.
Among the #RaceforLifeAtHome fundraising stories that are being shared via social media is CRUK Wales’ tweet about Sarah Jane, who is running in her home-town of Porthcawl. She was to have run in the London Marathon as well as for Race for Life this spring.
Sarah-Jane was due to take part in the #LondonMarathon on Sunday and @raceforlife Swansea in July which has been postponed until the autumn. This spring she’s supporting #RaceForLifeAtHome by running in her home town of Porthcawl. Thanks for the inspirational message Sarah-Jane pic.twitter.com/5vPVQ9jim5— CRUK in Wales (@CRUKCymru)
Sarah-Jane was due to take part in the #LondonMarathon on Sunday and @raceforlife Swansea in July which has been postponed until the autumn. This spring she's supporting #RaceForLifeAtHome by running in her home town of Porthcawl. Thanks for the inspirational message Sarah-Jane pic.twitter.com/5vPVQ9jim5— CRUK in Wales (@CRUKCymru) April 24, 2020
The virtual version of Race for Life has been created as CRUK reveals the financial challenges it is facing during the pandemic. It has had to close 600 of its high-street shops, anticipates a drop of income of around 20- 25 per cent and has slashed research spending by around £44m.
Sarah Pickersgill, Head of CRUK’s Race for Life said: “We’ve made the difficult decision to postpone our Race for Life events until later in the year, and this will inevitably have an impact on Cancer Research UK’s ability to carry out life-saving research. While many of us may feel our lives have been put on hold, cancer hasn’t stopped, and people affected by cancer need our support more than ever.”