A few weeks ago I was asked by the lovely Angela over at Love Living Well if I would like to take part in the York Race for Life. I had never taken part in one before and the 10K option fitted in well with my marathon plan, so I jumped at the chance.

Race day got off to a rainy start but it didn’t dampen the mood in York. Whilst queuing to get into the racecourse car park, a sea of glittery, tutu-clad ladies walked passed me, I instantly felt underdressed (I’d clearly missed that memo). Luckily, by sheer coincidence, I had worn a pink top.

There was a very lively atmosphere on the Knavesmire with Minster FM hosting the event and a group warm-up to baby shark led by pink bumblebee! Not having kids I’d managed to avoid that song – until now!

It was lovely to see women of all ages and abilities come together to help beat cancer sooner. When you read the messages on the back of peoples tops it really hammers home the importance of events like these.

At 11.30am large flags went up and we were grouped into runners, joggers and walkers for the start. This will probably be the only race where I will get an ‘elite’ start from the front.

The route was a mix of grass and tarmac and I’ll be completely honest, it was not the best course –  It was windy with a few out and backs but that’s irrelevant. The whole point of this event is to have fun and raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. Cancer Research UK are world leaders in finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and Race for Life events across the UK raises thousands of pounds each year in this fight.

It’s meant to be fun – it is non-competitive, so you can take as long as you like. That said, I found myself maintaining a position near the front, which is unheard of for me. I came in in just under 57 minutes, which I was happy with.

Once again, a huge thank you to Angela for the race number. It was a really positive day and a great event to be part of. Next year I’ve got my eye on volunteering.

If you want to find out more about these events and the fantastic work that Cancer Research are doing, please click here


Entry Cost: Children £10.00 / Women: £14.99
Water stations:
 At the finish and the 5k point of the 10K race
Parking: Yes.
Photos: None
Post-Race Goodies: Medal and shoe laces
Highlights: Great atmosphere for a great cause
Low points: The course was a bit twiisty and turny.


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