10 Years Race for Life and Still Going Strong

Today I’d like to share with you something that me and my girlfriend do every year which is the Race for Life. In fact I’m proud to say that this is our 10th year doing the Race for Life together.

Hopefully, this blog post will motivate you to keep running, especially when you see all the other people who run. Who knows, it may even encourage you to try one of these types of races yourself.

For those of you who don’t know, the Race for Life is a series of 5k and 10k events in the UK. The aim is to raise money for Cancer Research and we try to do our bit each year.

It’s a women’s only race which means that my girlfriend does the running while I have the easy job of taking photos (although this usually involves running around like a headless chicken trying to find her).

Here’s where we’ve been over the years…

2003 – Bradford
2004 – Cleethorpes
2005 – Scarborough
2006 – Bridlington
2007 – Hull
2008 – Scarborough
2009 – Nottingham
2010 – Chester
2010 – Rotherham
2011 – Manchester
2012 – Blackpool (planned for this year)

Every year we turn the Race for Life into a weekend away where we get to see a few sights as well as do the race. It makes for a fun time and we’ve really enjoyed the Race for Life experience over the years.

Overall it’s a great day out, or a few days holiday, you can raise money for a special cause, plus you can even be working towards losing weight at the same time.

To give you an idea of these kinds of races, here’s a video clip from the Race for Life in Scarborough 2008, and a few photos from 2008 and 2011.

My girlfriend finishing the Race for Life – Scarborough 2008

Here we are in the hotel on Race for Life morning – Scarborough 2008

Pretty in pink – My girlfriend doing the warm up before the race – Manchester 2011

Any race like the Race for Life can be very enjoyable as well as being useful in helping you keep motivated with your running and progressing towards your weight loss goals. With a bit of research you’ll be able to find a good charity race that you’ll enjoy.

If you are interested in the Race for Life you can find out more here:
Race for Life

Their 5k and 10k events run from May to July, so now is the ideal time to get booked in and get training for the race.

By the way, these races are probably 98% fun runners and many people walk the whole way. So don’t be concerned that you’re going to come last or look silly. It’s just a great day out while raising some money for a worthwhile cause.

Also, if you can’t run a 5k or 10k yet and would like some help, be sure to take a look at Run Your First 5k or 10k which provides 5k and 10k training plans as well as lots of other helpful tips and advice.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. I am generally a private person and feel a bit uncomfortable sharing personal things with other people, but I thought this might help so I wanted to share my Race for Life experiences with you.

Please leave your comments below and share any experiences you have with the Race for Life or any other charity events or races. Or let us know about any races you have planned for this year.

I am interested in your experiences, and I know that other people will find your comments both useful and motivating.


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2 Responses to 10 Years Race for Life and Still Going Strong

  1. dana says:

    It is so refreshing to see the both of you so motivated. You radiate motivation to all of us, runners, I have nothing but admiration for you.

  2. Irina says:

    Beautiful, refreshing, motivated and ….cute ! Good for you, both !!!