Halifax Race for Life won’t be returning

Race for Life , Savile Park, Halifax
Race for Life , Savile Park, Halifax

Organisers of the Cancer Research UK Race for Life have decided that the run won’t be returning to the town next year.

The charity, which held its first Race for Life in Halifax in 2011, has decided to reduce the amount of runs to smaller events across the country.

It is hoped that these changes will help to raise more money for vital research by reducing costs.

Adam Lockton, Cancer Research UK National Event Manager for the North, said: “Race for Life raises money to fund life-saving research so we owe it to our participants and supporters to ensure that we raise as much money as possible in the most cost-efficient way.

“Although 1,000 women took part at our event in Halifax in July, entries were lower than anticipated.”

This year’s participants from Halifax raised over £75,000 for the charity, but organisers say that the cost of staging is too great for the amount of people that took part.

Adam Lockton said: “We are very grateful to our participants, and their supporters, who took part in the event this year and in the past.

“We would also like to thank Calderdale Council for their support.

“We want to express our heart-felt thanks to everyone who has taken part in the Race for Life in Halifax and we hope our supporters will understand the reason for this difficult decision for 2016.”

The Race for Life started as one event in 1994 in Battersea Park with 680 runners and it is now the UK’s largest women-only fundraising series with over 300 events around the UK.

Since the event began an incredible 7.7 million participants across the UK have raised over £691 million to fund Cancer Research UK’s work.

More people are beating cancer than ever before as survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years and Cancer Research UK’s work and the money raised from the Race for Life has helped with that progress.

Although the Race for Life won’t be returning to Halifax next year, people are encouraged to take part in other events in the county.

Adam added: “We would really like to encourage everyone who took part at the Halifax event to consider entering Race for Life at Huddersfield, Bradford or Leeds if they are able to.”

For more information about alternative Cancer Research UK Race for Life events visit www.raceforlife.org