Men, women and children across London are being urged to walk all over cancer as Cancer Research UK brings Shine, the Marathon Night Walk, being staged in the city centre on September 22.
The walking event will see people of all ages and abilities uniting through the night to raise money for life-saving research. People are invited to sign up now and choose to raise money for the area of cancer research closest to their hearts.
Every day in London alone, around 90 people are told they have cancer.
By taking part in Shine Night Walk, participants will be making a real difference to men, women and children who face the disease. Organisers hope 15,000 people will choose to walk all over cancer and raise approximately £3million to support pioneering research.
Participants can choose to support one of 12 areas of scientific research. These include prostate cancer, testicular cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia.
Or they can simply give their backing to Cancer Research UK’s overall work.
There is a 13-mile, half-marathon option available, which starts in Southwark Park at 7.30pm, while the full, 26-mile marathon starts from the same location at 9.20pm.
Participants will take to the city streets in a fun and inspirational parade of light.
The route will pass landmarks such as Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, The Shard and more.
The route winds around the centre of London, with both walks finishing on the banks of the Thames at the old Billingsgate market building.
Scott Renken, Cancer Research UK’s Shine event manager, called the walk a “special, emotional event”.
He said, “The battle against cancer never stops. We need everyone to sign up and start fundraising as soon as possible, to fund research that will bring hope to people affected by the disease.”
One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. 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.
Renken said: “Participants can choose to complete the course at their own speed, from a leisurely stroll or a lively stride to a full-on power walk. Training guidance and fundraising advice will be provided before the big night and there’ll be special points along the route to help keep everyone going.
“The atmosphere on the evening promises to be unique as London unites in the fight against the disease. It’s a special opportunity for people to come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived.”
Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research. So money raised through Shine, the Marathon Night Walk is crucial to the pioneering work of doctors, nurses and scientists who are fighting cancer on all fronts.
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