Blow to cancer charity as plug is pulled on Falkirk's Race For Life 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Cancer Research UK to cancel all Race For Life events scheduled to take place in Falkirk and the rest of the UK.

The charity says the cancellation of all 400 events this year aims to help protect the country’s health as restrictions on mass gatherings caused by the coronavirus crisis.

This means there will be no Race for Life 5K and 10K at Callendar Park, on Sunday September 13 and participants who have already signed up will be contacted directly by the charity.

The Falkirk event had originally been scheduled to take place on June 21 but was rescheduled until September several weeks ago. The decision to cancel it altogether is a major blow to the charity.

Happy scenes from last year's Race For Life in aid of Cancer Research at Callander Park

Cancer Research UK stated it expects to see its fundraising income decline by up to 25 per cent in the next financial year as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK spokesperson, 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 £890 millio 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.

Race For Life in Calllendar Park is always a well attended event

“The safety of our supporters, volunteers, suppliers and staff is however essential. We hope the Race for Life event series will be back bigger and stronger than ever in 2021.

“In the meantime, we’d love to invite as many people as possible to join us by taking part in Race for Life at Home in these challenging times.”

Undeterred, women and men across Scotland are already vowing to carry on and complete a Race for Life at Home challenge, in their garden or their nearest green space.

People can visit raceforlife.org and sign up free for ideas on how they can create their own special challenge.

Organisers are also inviting participants to join the Race for Life at Home community by sharing photos and videos on social media using the hashtag, #RaceForLifeAtHome

Lisa added: “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.”

For more information visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.