Cancer Research UK Winter Run

Following a smash hit first year that saw 15,000 people run through snow-zones and hug polar bears in Central London, the Cancer Research UK Winter Run is back and spreading across the country. Returning triumphantly to London, and debuting in Liverpool and Manchester, thousands of runners are invited to conquer the cold and raise money for Cancer Research UK in 2016. The 10k runs, which will take place in January and February, are perfect for every level of runner looking to keep fit and have some serious winter fun in the New Year.


After a huge sell-out first year in London, making it the biggest ever inaugural 10k in the world, two new events have been added in Liverpool and Manchester to allow more people than ever to join the fun. Defeating the elements, runners and spectators alike will see the cities at their best on awe-inspiring routes, taking place on closed roads past iconic landmarks like Trafalgar Square in London, the Liver Building in Liverpool and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium. A number of exciting new winter themed features will be included on each route along with some returning favourites. Details will be announced later this year but runners can expect more outlandish fun before, during and after the run in true Winter Run style.

Providing that all important motivation needed to carry on running through the winter months, this January participants can kick off those healthy New Year’s resolutions with a bang. This unique 10k event fits perfectly into spring marathon training plans and makes the ideal first time goal for everyone who’s just discovering running. 19% of participants in 2015 were taking part in their first ever running event, with many raising funds for Cancer Research UK. Many runners of all abilities will be raising much-needed funds to help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Too many people use the winter weather and Christmas break as an excuse to give fitness the cold shoulder and stop running when the temperature drops. With the Cancer Research UK Winter Run Series you can be inspired to start the year right and live well, when the weather outside is a little less heartening.

The Winter Run Series has been organised by Human Race – the UK’s largest organiser of running, cycling, triathlon and swimming events.

Nick Rusling, CEO of Human Race, said “We’re delighted to be bringing the Cancer Research UK Winter Run back again this year to motivate even more people to get outside and keep fit in the New Year. The events are the perfect challenge in the heart of winter in truly breath taking surroundings. We have a number of special elements planned that we can’t wait to share with you, but expect improved elements and the return of our polar bears.”

Clive Sanders, Head of Events at Cancer Research UK, said; “Fundraising events like The Winter Run Series are vital for raising life-saving funds to help beat cancer sooner and uniting men and women of all ages and abilities in the fight against the disease. We’re delighted that The Winter Run is coming to Liverpool and Manchester for the first time this year, giving more people from across the country the chance to give cancer the cold shoulder.

“I’d like to encourage everyone signing up for this year to take on the challenge of fundraising for Cancer Research UK. Our ground breaking research relies on everyone who raises money through events like The Winter Run.”

The Winter Run Series will be taking place in Liverpool on Sunday 17 January, in London on Sunday 31 January and in Manchester on 28 February. Entries for all three events will open on Monday 7 September with early bird rates that guarantee the best possible price. Visit for registration and more information.

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