A few weeks back, I received an invitation from Angela at Love Living Well to participate 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 seized the opportunity.

Race day got off to a rainy start but it didn’t dampen the mood in York. As I queued up to enter the racecourse car park, I couldn’t help but notice a vibrant procession of ladies in glitter and tutus passing by, making me instantly feel a bit underdressed (evidently, I 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 as the event host and a collective warm-up session led by a spirited individual dressed as a pink bumblebee, complete with a rendition of the “baby shark” song – a tune I had managed to avoid due to not having kids, until now!

The sight of women spanning various ages and fitness levels coming together to support the fight against cancer was heartwarming. Reading the messages on the back of participants’ shirts underscored the significance of events like this one.

And we are off!

At precisely 11:30 AM, prominent flags were raised, and participants were organized into groups of runners, joggers, and walkers for the race’s commencement. This might just be the only race where I received an ‘elite’ start position right at the front.

The course was a mixture of grass and tarmac, to be candid, it wasn’t the most ideal route. It proved to be challenging due to the wind and a few stretches involving going out and back. However, these particulars are trivial in the grand scheme. The primary purpose of this event is to have fun and raise funds 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.

Remember, the emphasis here is on enjoyment – it’s a non-competitive event, allowing participants to take as much time as they need. Surprisingly, I found myself consistently near the front, a rarity for me. I completed the race in just under 57 minutes, an achievement 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 twisty and turny.