Marathon; fundraising; cancer cures

We’re running marathons to start cancer cures

22nd February 2022

The reasons behind our Curestarters lacing up their running shoes at the starting line of some of the UK’s top sporting events is truly inspiring. And we’re delighted to share with you two of our very own Curestarters stories as to why.

Linda, our Supporter Services Manager, is taking on the challenge of running 13.1 miles this September at the Great North Run.

“I decided to sign up to the Great North Run for a couple of reasons – one, I wanted to give myself a challenge to work towards this year, a sort of resolution to keep me motivated to run and keep fit.

“The second reason is I wanted to raise vital funds for Worldwide Cancer Research in memory of my family, who I have lost over the years to cancer. This February marks 37 years since I lost my dad, Bob, to lung cancer. I want to run in his memory. I want to be a Curestarter in his memory.

“Currently most of my training is on the treadmill, but I’m looking forward to getting outside to run as the weather gets warmer and the nights get lighter.”

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Our PR Officer, Rachel, is currently training for the London Marathon in October, her first-ever running event.

“They say one in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetimes, but for my family, it was so many more. My grandma Eilidh was diagnosed with breast cancer, not once, but twice, and is still with us today, thanks to research.

“My other grandparents weren’t as lucky with their experiences with cancer. My Grandma was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away shortly after. My Grandad was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer called mesothelioma.

“I’m not a runner, but I’m excited and motivated to take on this challenge to save the lives of the people that we love.”

Challenge yourself, and we’ll challenge cancer

By 2030 cancer is predicted to become the leading cause of death worldwide. We urgently need to start new cancer cures – but we can’t do it alone.

Will you apply today to join us at the start line to start new cures for cancer? Taking part in an event can not only be really rewarding for you, it's also a great way to raise the vital funds we need to support ground-breaking cancer research. We secure places for some of the UK's top sports events and we'd be delighted if you wanted to participate as part of #TeamWorldwide. Take a look at the latest places available.

Are you running for #TeamWorldwide this year? We would love to hear from you and share your progress. You can follow both Linda and Rachel’s marathon journeys on Instagram.


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