If you don’t feel like running and your marathon preparations went astray, worry not – you’ve got a chance to support a cause without a rushed training! All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and a bit of strong will to support Shine, Cancer Research UK’s Walking Marathon.
Make it your milestone: join thousands of people to walk around London to raise awareness surrounding Cancer and raise money for Cancer Research. A walking marathon on Saturday, the 24th of September will give everyone aged 13 and over a chance to walk a half marathon, or if you’re feeling daring, a full marathon! All the participants are encouraged to help to light up the London streets for the night, too: glowsticks, lights and sparkly clothes are more than welcome.
Walking Marathon London takes to famous sights
It will also be a chance to take a little sightseeing tour: the participants will start at Southwark Park and pass such famous sights as Tower Bridge, Big Ben, The Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral – to accomplish their goal at Old Billingsgate.
How will it help?
Walking the extra mile for a specific cause? You can specify where your donation goes: you can support research of one of 12 cancer types, including lung, bowel, breast, prostate, children’s cancers, brain, skin, ovarian, leukaemia, pancreatic, cervical, and testicular. Over the last 6 years, Shine raised £22 million to help to beat cancer – and this year, it’s expected that £4.9 million will be raised. How will that help? Possibly, 3 in 4 people will survive cancer – and live 10 years longer within the next 20 years!
“Whether you are walking for yourself or a loved one, everyone who takes part and raises money will be making a huge difference to the lives of those affected by cancer. There is no better time to sign up, lace up your walking boots and start training!” said Rachel Carr, head of Event Marketing – Regional and Sponsorship at Cancer Research UK.
“We know it’s a tough challenge to take on but we will be there every step of the way and there is no better way to see our incredible capital city lit up against the night sky.”
Challenge accepted? An entry costs £39.99, and the applications are accepted before the 16th of September. Still a lot of time to train! For more details, visit shinewalk.org.