About Race for Life

Race for Life is celebrating its 17th birthday this year. 

Race for Life began in 1994 as one event in London’s Battersea Park with 680 participants. In 2010 over 690,000 women walked, jogged and ran at over 230 events across the UK.

Race for Life is the largest series of women-only fundraising events in the UK.

Since Race For Life began, an incredible 5.4 million participants across the UK have raised over £362 million to fund Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.

Every year Cancer Research UK spends hundreds of millions of pounds on research into diagnosing, preventing and treating cancer. They are the biggest single independent funder of cancer research in Europe, supporting the work of around 4,800 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK.

Research saves lives. Cancer survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years and the work of Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of that progress.