Marathon runners inspire South East London women to do Blackheath Race for Life

South East London women inspired by the heroic effort of participants at Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon (22 April) are being urged to take on their own fitness challenge by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Blackheath on Sunday 1st July.

In fact, on Monday 23 April only, women in London are being offered £5 off entry fees for Race for Life 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Half Marathon and Hike events using the code MARA2018.

Unlike the Virgin Money London Marathon, women signing up to Race for Life in Blackheath don’t need to train for months or be super fit to take part. Instead, they can participate in the Blackheath events (a 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy), either walking, jogging or running their way around the course.

And for those who want to push themselves further, but still within a supportive atmosphere, there’s the opportunity to enter Race for Life’s women-only half marathon – with seven events taking place across the UK, the London event taking place in Lee Valley on Sunday 7th October.

Sam Beare, Cancer Research UK’s Blackheath Event Manager, said: “Many of us watch the Virgin Money London Marathon on TV and feel hugely motivated by the inspiring stories and unwavering determination of the participants. This year, we’re encouraging women to follow the lead of the marathon runners and take on their own fitness challenge by signing up to Race for Life in Blackheath.

“Women of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities can take part. Whether they’re planning a 5k walk with friends, a 10k jog or the challenge of a half marathon, it’s not about being first to the finish line; it’s about coming together to beat cancer sooner.”

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

CANCER RESEARCH UK: Race For Life Marathon and Half Marathon – Waltham Cross – Sunday 4th October 2015 held at Lee Valley, The Showground, River Lee Country Park. Waltham Cross.

Sam continued: “Every day, 90 people are diagnosed with cancer in London. That’s why we’re urging women in the capital to sign up right now at

“By signing up to Race for Life, women across the London will make a real difference in the fight against cancer. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.

“Taking part in Race for Life is a hugely moving experience – full of fun, emotion, tears and laughter. The passion and energy of our participants is truly inspiring as women unite to give their all to the cause. Whatever the distance – whether it’s 5k or 21k – every step participants take will help to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”

To enter Race for Life today visit or call 0300 123 0770.


WOMEN in London are being urged to limber up and take on the Race for Life Half Marathon at Lee Valley on Sunday 7 October.

Race for Life Half Marathon is 13.1 miles (or 21k), and is the perfect challenge for women who have previously taken part in a Race 10k event and want to push themselves one step further.

Participants can take part however they want – whether they run, jog or walk. At all half marathon events, there are regular re-fuelling stations – featuring food, drink and expert advice to help motivate and re-energise runners as they make their way around the course.

Women who sign up to Race for Life Half Marathon will also receive a season pass that provides free access to unlimited Race for Life 5k and 10k events to help with their training.

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