Our complete guide to Race for Life Cambridge 2018 - with course route and advice for those taking part
PUBLISHED: 22:31 07 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:10 08 July 2018
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Thousands will take part in the Cancer Research Uk event on Sunday July 8
More than 4,000 women and children will take part in the 2018 Race for Life Cambridge fundraising event on Sunday (July 8).
This year, the 5k and 10k runs start and finish on Jesus Green.
Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.
Good luck! Here’s our guide.
The 5k and 10k runs start at 11am on Jesus Green, But participants are advised to arrive at least an hour before the start of the race due to the numbers taking part.
Many city centre roads will be closed from early in the morning. Organisers anticipate that all roads will be open by 2pm.
There will be no street parking on the route. Access will be maintained for city car parks.
Additional Stagecoach and Park & Ride bus services will be laid on, using a diversionary route.
The course and facilities
The start and finish line, and the main stage, will be in the centre of Jesus Green.
The route takes in some of Cambridge’s best sights and covers a mixture of Tarmac, grass and cobbles.
Like most Cambridge runs, of course, it’s largely flat.
The 5k route goes through the city centre, past the market square, through the grounds of King’s College, before returning to Jesus Green.
The 10k route adds in an additional loop for the 10k course up to Stourbridge Common along the River Cam and back before reaching Jesus Green.
The course is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, but note that there are sections over cobblestones.
Dogs are allowed on the route.
There will be toilets and refreshments.
Weather, water and advice
It is forecast to be 24C at the start of the races and 27C by 2pm.
Organisers have urged participants to bring water. There will be water at the finish, and a water station for 10k participants, but a very limited extra supply for the 5k course.
Wear hats and sunscreen.
Gill Burgess, event manager for Race for Life in Cambridge, said: “Race for Life is not about how fast you go, it’s about why you take part, so slow down, drink lots of water and enjoy the beauty of Cambridge! People also need to look after their dogs, so if they are bringing their four-legged friend, please bring a bowl and water for them too.”
Runners will appreciate your support, so watch the start and finish from Jesus Green - there will be stalls, a stage and refreshments avaiable.
Entry closed on July 5 but cost £14.99 for women and £10 for children. Under-6 entry for boys and girls is free - no registration required.
Helping Cancer Research UK
Gill Burgess, event manager for Race for Life in Cambridge, said: “Every day, around 90 people are diagnosed with cancer in the East of England.
“By taking part and raising money, our participants will play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into new, better treatments for patients in Cambridge and across the UK. That’s why every step, every person and every penny raised counts.
“Our aim is that one day everyone will beat cancer. The more women who Race for Life, the sooner we can help that day come. We are urging women in Cambridge to sign up right now and show their support.”
One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives but 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 is a disease that affects us all in some way. By taking part in Race for Life, people can come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived. By raising money, participants can also support Cancer Research UK scientists to make vital strides forward in research, helping more men, women and children survive the disease,” said Gill.
Race for Life facts
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Half Marathon and Hiking events, which raise millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.
It is the UK’s largest fundraising event series, with more than 380 events around the UK.
Women and girls of all ages and abilities from all over the UK join together to raise money to help beat over 200 types of cancer affecting men, women and children.
In 2018, Cancer Research UK hopes to recruit 400,000 women and raise £38million to help fund life-saving work.
Race for Life started as one event in 1994 at Battersea Park with 680 participants.
Signing up and more information
Entry may have closed to the Cambridge events, but visit the Race for Life website to sign up for any of the others around the UK.
Look out for our picture special in the Cambridge Independent, out on Wednesday July 11.