Louth Run for Life goes virtual

An annual 5k fun run based in Louth will adapt to COVID-19 regulations by hosting a virtual event this year.

The Louth Run for Life would have turned 15 years old in 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic it looked as though the event would be cancelled.

Mass participation events had to be put on hold amid COVID-19, but the fun run will now be done virtually throughout the month of September.

Families and friends will be encouraged to do the socially distanced run together.

The race sees an average of 1,400 people attend each year, and will now encourage people to run in their own time in aid of Cancer Research UK.

A total of £456,000 has been raised for the charity by the fun run in its 15 year existence, with strong ambitions to hit the half a million mark this year.

Simon West, chair of the Louth Run for Life committee, said: “Our amazing supporters were extremely disappointed about the cancellation of our event, but understood it was the right thing to do in the current climate.

“We are pleased to be able to bring a safe event that lets people run at a time and place convenient to them.

“Friends and relatives can run at the same time in different places, wherever they are, whilst still raising money to provide vital research into cancer.”

Registration for the fun run is open now and can be found on the Cancer Research UK website, costing £5 for children 12 and under, and £10 for adults.

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