Do something amazing for Cancer Research UK

From a splashing time on a muddy obstacle course to the UK’s only all-women marathon, there’s an array of inspiring events this summer and autumn

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People of London, we want you! Boys and girls, men and women – you’re invited to join us in a summer of amazing events to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK. Walk, jog, run, slip or slide! That’s right, this isn’t just about what you can do on your feet, you could be raising money on your tummy or your bottom.

Cancer Research UK wants to bring everyone together at these inspiring fundraisers, because everyone is affected, in some way or another, by cancer. All of the events happening throughout 2016 will help fund groundbreaking research into new drugs and treatments, so we can all help bring forward the day when cancers are cured.

Cancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464), Scotland (SC041666) and the Isle of Man (1103).

Sign up for the Race for Life Marathon
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Sign up for the Race for Life Marathon

Race for Life Marathon, Sunday September 4 One of the biggest events in the fundraising calendar for one of the biggest charities in the country, the Race for Life Marathon is your chance to be part of the UK’s only marathon and half-marathon exclusively for women. Here come the girls Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life series in partnership with Tesco are events designed to include all women, whatever their age and ability. It’s not about how fast you go, or competing against each other. People run as one, inspired by their own personal reasons, but with one united goal – to fund lifesaving research into all 200 types of cancer, affecting men, women and children. Not sure if a whole marathon is for you? Don’t worry, there’s a half-marathon event happening alongside the marathon, for those who aren't ready for the full 26 miles. Ahead of the big day, there’s lots of great advice on the Race for Life website from its team of professional trainers, with the chance to attend training sessions all through the summer. And, new for 2016, Cancer Research UK is offering a season pass for everyone who signs up for either distance. This gives you unlimited access to Race for Life 5k and 10k events beforehand, as part of your training. Check out tips on how to prepare for the Race for Life Marathon and the Race for Life Half-marathon.  Sign up, start training The Race for Life Marathon takes place at the River Lee Country Park in Waltham Cross, on the outskirts of London, on Su

Shine through the night and help beat cancer
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Shine through the night and help beat cancer

Shine’s incredibe £22million milestone Since the first Shine event for Cancer Research UK in 2010, this walking marathon and half-marathon has helped raise an incredible £22 million in vital funds for lifesaving work. This is the sixth Shine event in London, and the goal is to raise a further £4.9 million this year, to help Cancer Research UK beat cancer sooner, and to reach a point in the next two decades where three out of four people survive their cancer for at least ten years. Choose your own fundraising goal Men, women and teenagers taking part in this very special Cancer Research UK event often have their own particular reason for fundraising. Sometimes it’s part of a personal battle with cancer right now, or it’s in memory of a loved one. Sometimes it’s to say ‘Thank you’ for a treatment that has helped them overcome cancer. If you sign up to Shine, you can choose to put any money you raise towards Cancer Research UK’s work into more than 200 types of cancer, or name one of 12 specific types of cancer if you prefer. Shine, the Marathon Night Walk –  Saturday September 24 The walk starts at Southwark Park and finishes at Old Billingsgate, giving you the opportunity to see London’s famous sights in a new light with thousands of walkers draped in lights and glowsticks. You can choose from two different start times for whichever challenge you opt for: 7.30pm or 8.25pm for the half-marathon and 9.20pm or 10.15pm for the full marathon. The event is open to men, women

Join the Race for Life 5k
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Join the Race for Life 5k

Take on the 5k challenge Women of all shapes and sizes, ages and abilities can walk, jog or charge their way around a Race for Life 5k event in partnership with Tesco. If you run or jog the 5k (3 miles) you can usually complete the course in about 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re walking, it takes about an hour. But there’s no rush – this isn’t about racing to the finish line, it’s about uniting to fight cancer. With 150 5k Race for Life events happening across the UK this summer (including ten in London) you’re bound to find one local to you. Find your 5k The entry fee is £14.99, children £10, under-sixes free (no registration needed). Many of the 10k events are happening at the same time as the local 5k events (see below). Join the Pink Army on one of these dates:Battersea Park, SW11 Wednesday June 8, 7.30pmTrent Park, Enfield Sunday June 12, 11amCrystal Palace, SE19 Sunday June 12, 11amVictoria Park, E3 Saturday June 25, 11amBlackheath Common, SE3 Sunday July 3, 11.30amHampstead Heath, NW3 Saturday July 9, 11amNorth Weald Airfield, Epping Wednesday July 13, 7pmFinsbury Park, N4 Saturday July 23, 10amHyde Park, SW7 Sunday July 31, 11am Join us! Why not ask your girlfriends or your mum and sisters to join you? Signing up as a group is a great way to reach your goal and it’s a great chance to celebrate life together. Find out more on fundraising here and sign up now at raceforlife.org.

Are you ready for the Race for Life 10k?
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Are you ready for the Race for Life 10k?

Take on the 10k challenge If you’re a regular Londoner jogger, then focusing your efforts for a great cause like the life-saving work of Cancer Research UK is the ideal incentive to turn your next run into something really meaningful.  If you’ve already ticked the Race for Life 5k off your bucket list, then the 10k event in partnership with Tesco is one step up, and if you’re training for the Race for Life Marathon, this is perfect prep. In fact, Cancer Research UK has introduced a new season pass for 2016, for everyone who signs up for either the Race for Life Marathon or Half-Marathon. This gives you unlimited access to Race for Life 5k and 10k events beforehand, as part of your training. Find your 10k All Race for Life events are open to women of all ages and ability and to children (girls ages six to 15 and boys aged 12 or under). The entry fee is £14.99, children £10, under-sixes free (no registration needed). Many of the 10k events are happening at the same time as the local 5k events.Trent Park, Enfield Sunday June 12, 11amCrystal Palace, SE19 Sunday June 12, 11amVictoria Park, E3 Saturday June 25, 11amBlackheath Common, SE3 Sunday July 3, 9.30amNorth Weald Airfield, Epping Wednesday July 13, 7pmFinsbury Park, N4 Saturday July 23, 10amHyde Park, SW7 Sunday July 31, 9am Sign up, get training You can sign up for the Race for Life 10k now. Then check out the Cancer Research UK online advice on how to prepare yourself for your challenge. The 10k training plans inclu

Gear up for Tough 10
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Gear up for Tough 10

Step up to the Tough 10 challenge Across the country there are a series of Tough 10 events of varying levels of toughness. London’s Epping Forest challenge on October 23 is rated ‘Tough’ (one out of three) – ideal even if you haven’t taken on a 10k trail run before. But that’s not to say it’s a stroll in the park. Running through Epping’s historic woodland, you’ll have to watch out for roots and uneven paths as you dart through the forest and across the countryside. Fancy getting even tougher? If you reckon you’re hard enough, why not sign up for one of the ‘Toughest’ routes too? There’s a level-three Tough 10 happening just outside London, at Box Hill in Surrey on November 19. There are also Tough 10 challenges in the Chilterns, the Peak District, Staffordshire and beyond, if you’re feeling truly intrepid. Be tough, be there So why not double-knot your trainers and prepare to thigh-burn your way to raising serious money to help beat cancer sooner. Tough 10 events are open to men and women and the entry fee is £20. Sign up now and check out the really useful 10k training advice on the Cancer Research UK website.

Run, splash and slide in Cancer Research UK’s Pretty Muddy
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Run, splash and slide in Cancer Research UK’s Pretty Muddy

Don’t get mad, get muddy! Cancer plays dirty – so can we. Race for Life Pretty Muddy® in partnership with Tesco is a totally non-competitive event where women of all shapes and sizes slip, slide and splash their way to the finish line via a range of obstacles – scrambling under nets, venturing through tunnels and over tyres, and (our favourite) swooshing inelegantly down the mud slide. As any stylish woman about town knows, pink goes rather well with brown, so be utterly fashionable this summer and join the thousands of women of all ages taking part in one of London’s six Race for Life Pretty Muddy events happening between now and October.  Sign up now The Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5k is open to all teenage girls and women (aged 13 or over) and you can sign up now for a challenge local to you.  Mud ‘on the road’ Can’t make the first one? No worries, there’s plenty more, including a standout event at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday September 11. Here is the full line-up of Pretty Muddy 5k events in support of Cancer Research UK happening across the capital over the coming months. Events have a choice of start times; see website for details. Wormwood Scrubs, W12  Wednesday July 13Finsbury Park, N4  Sunday July 24Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20  Sunday September 11Morden Park, SM4  Sunday September 18Brockwell Park, SE24  Saturday October 1Clapham Common, SW4  Saturday October 15 Signed up? Get training! Get the most out of the big day and feel great while you