Get Ready for the ‘Race for Life’

This year’s ‘Race for Life’ is taking place at Winchester on Sunday 12th June when over 3,000 women will be taking part to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Winchester City Council has organised a free beginners running course, specifically aimed at those who wish to get fitter for the event.

‘Race for Life’ is the largest women-only fund-raising event in the UK, with women of all ages and fitness levels coming together to walk, jog or run 5k. Some who take part are surviviors, some take part in memory of a loved one and others to give hope to a cancer-free future. Since 1994, when ‘Race for Life’ began, an incredible 5.4 million participants have raised over £362 million. The goal this year is for one million women to take part in over 300 events across the UK to raise £80 million to continue Cancer Research UK’s groundbreaking research into the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer.

The Winchester ‘Race for Life’ has a new venue this year, The Garrison Ground at Bar End, which is also where the beginners running sessions are taking place in preparaton for the event. The sessions will be led by a qualfied Leader and will consist of fast walking/jogging intially, building up to jogging/running 5k by the time the event comes to Winchester in June. 

The free 7 week course will start on Wednesday 27th April at 6pm and will continue on Wednesday evenings (6-7pm) at Winchester Sports Stadium until the Race for Life event. The course is also supported by ‘Run England’, the official England Athletics recreational running project.

Lydia Lockhart, Winchester City Council’s Active Lifestyle Officer who helped set up the beginnners running course commented: “This course is ideal for those who have already or are looking to enter the ‘Race for Life’ and need some guidance and support in training for the event. If you would like to jog or run the 5k but feel you aren’t fit enough, this course will help you to achieve that.”

Amanda Ford at Winchester City Council said, “The ‘Race for Life’ is a truly inspiring event and is set the be the biggest ever this year. This beginners running course will bring people together in a social setting and help those involved complete the 5k in a time that they never thought they could achieve, whilst raising money for this vital cause”.

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For further information about the beginners running course or to book a place call Claire on 07934 581 260 or email: