A look back to Race for Life at Houghton Hall in 2019. Picture: Kevin Elfleet

People are being invited to put their best foot forward  by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

This year, there will be 3K and 5K distances, open to women, men and children of all ages and abilities, on Tuesday, July 12 at Houghton Hall near King’s Lynn.

Michael Jarvis,  Cancer Research UK’s spokesman for the East of England, said: “Everyone can play their part to help beat cancer. January is the perfect time for people to commit to getting a little more active. 

“By signing up to Race for Life there’s the chance to raise money for life-saving research. Sadly, cancer affects all of us in some way. 

“Whether people are living with cancer, taking part in honour of or in memory of a loved one with cancer, or signing up to protect their own children’s future, everyone has a reason to Race for Life.

“Our Race for Life events are open to all. For some people the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park. Slow and steady still wins. For others it’s a jog. 

“Others may opt to push themselves harder and take part in the 10K distance. But what is for certain is we’re looking forward to welcoming people of all ages and abilities. 

“Race for Life in Norwich and King’s Lynn will be fun, emotional, colourful, uplifting and unforgettable this year.”

The events will follow current government guidance to protect against COVID-19. Hand sanitiser will be provided.

Mr Jarvis added: “We hope none of our Race for Life events are cancelled in 2022 and will do everything we can to keep people safe. 

“If we do have to cancel any of our events we will let participants know as soon as possible and they will be entitled to a full refund.”

Money raised at Race for Life enables scientists to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer – helping to save more lives. 

Oonagh Turnbull, head of health campaigns at Tesco, which is in partnership with the events, said: “This will be our 21st year in partnership with Cancer Research UK and Race for Life, and we hope this year can be the biggest yet.”

Every year around 37,300 people are diagnosed with cancer in the East of England, statistics show.

Anyone who signs up this month can claim 50 per cent off the entry fee by using the code RFL22J50. For more details or to enter visit raceforlife.org