A popular charity event returns to Kent this summer, with residents being urged to put on something pink and walk, run or even jump the finish line.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is back at Maidstone’s Mote Park.

The Maidstone Race for Life will take place this summer

In 2020, the 400 Race for Life races were canceled due to restrictions on mass gatherings during the pandemic.

People were encouraged to participate in the Race for Life instead – in their local garden or park.

Last year many socially distanced events were able to take place in Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Folkestone, Herne Bay and Margate.

Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome to sign up for the Maidstone Race, which takes place at Mote Park on July 2-3.

One in two people in the UK born after 1960 will have cancer in their lifetime.

The race for life is back!  Seen here in 2018 at Mote Park, Maidstone.  Photo: Sean Aidan
The race for life is back! Seen here in 2018 at Mote Park, Maidstone. Photo: Sean Aidan
People of all ages and abilities are welcome to register for the local event.  Photo: Sean Aidan
People of all ages and abilities are welcome to register for the local event. Photo: Sean Aidan

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

Women, men and children can choose between 5 km and 10 km events.

There’s also a chance to take part in Pretty Muddy – a mud-splattered obstacle course – and there’s a Pretty Muddy Kids option too.

Rhianna Haywood, Race for Life spokesperson for Maidstone, said: “Everyone can play their part to help beat cancer.

“Spring is the perfect time to commit to getting a little more active. Unfortunately, cancer affects us all in one way or another.

Participants can also participate in
Participants can also participate in “Pretty Muddy”, a mud-covered obstacle course

“Whether people are living with cancer, participating in honor or in memory of a loved one with cancer, or registering to protect the future of their own children, everyone has a reason to participate in Race for Life.

“So we’re asking people across the region, ‘Who are you running for?’

“Our Race for Life events are open to everyone. For some people, the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park. Slow and steady always wins.

“For others it’s a jog. Others may choose to push themselves harder, take on the 10k distance challenge and even push for a new personal best.

“But what is certain is that we look forward to welcoming people of all ages and abilities.

Women, men and children can choose between 5km and 10km events
Women, men and children can choose between 5km and 10km events

“Race for Life Maidstone will be fun, moving, colorful, uplifting and an unforgettable event this year.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, raises money for world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer – including bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, childhood cancers and leukemia.

Oonagh Turnbull, Head of Health Campaigns at Tesco, said: “This will be our 21st year of partnering with Cancer Research UK and Race for Life and we hope this year will be our biggest yet.”

Admission is £10-£19.99 depending on the event. To register for the event, click here.