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Walk, Jog Or Run 5K This April With Race for Life At Home

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The weather is getting better and there are hopeful signs that the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown is going to plan. That means now is the perfect time to line up an achievable outdoor fitness goal for April, and if you can pick one that also raises money for charity then so much the better.

Cancer Research UK usually holds Race For Life events throughout the year, but with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to disrupt plans, the charity’s live events have all been postponed until autumn. In their place comes Race for Life at Home, which asks you to walk, jog or run 5K during the month of April – and you can do it wherever you like.

Anyone can take part in the event, either solo or with a friend (following all government guidelines of course). It costs £5 to enter and you’ll get a fundraising pack and a medal. You can complete your 5K at any point in April, but there is also a live stream event on Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life Facebook page (opens in new tab) on Saturday 24th April. This includes what’s described as an “energiser” from a fitness expert, which could fix any motivation problems you might be facing.

If you’re planning on starting a Couch to 5K course, or have already begun one, we reckon this is the perfect way to finish it off in style. And if you’re experienced at running the distance, you could consider this a time trial challenge and find a nice flat course to hammer out a speedy 5K.

Cancer Research UK expects to suffer a £300m drop in income over the next three years owing to the pandemic, so any funds you can raise to support its lifesaving work are vital.

You can sign up for Race for Life At Home now on the event website. While you’re there you can also check out the live event schedule for later in the year, when races are expected to return.

Sign-up (opens in new tab) | £5

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.