Hundreds take part in Edinburgh’s first Race for Life since pandemic

PEOPLE across Scotland’s capital united against cancer by taking part in the city’s first Race for Life in almost two years.

Around 1,000 people took part in the 5K and 10K Race for Life events at Holyrood Park on Sunday.

Sponsorship money is still coming in but it is estimated around £46,426 was raised for life-saving research at the event hosted by Pure Radio morning presenter Lynne Hoggan.

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Teams taking part included more than 25 staff from Tesco superstore in Leith.

Gavin Cooney, 27, who only two days ago moved to Edinburgh from Galway, Ireland crossed the finish line of the 5k first.

And 15-year-old Olivia Robbins who is a member of Team East Lothian running club was first female home. 

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STV presenter Laura Boyd shared her inspirational story of living with leukaemia in a powerful two minute audio recording which was played to all participants before they set off on the course.

Lisa Adams, Race for Life spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “Everyone can play their part to beat cancer.

“Life saving research is being funded right now thanks to our supporters who fundraise. All 400 mass participation Race for Life events across the UK were cancelled last year to protect the country’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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“This year, it was particularly special to see Race for Life return to Edinburgh. The atmosphere on the day was hugely moving – full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter as people celebrated the lives of those dear to them who have survived cancer and remembered loved ones lost to the disease. Now we’re asking everyone who took part to return the money they’ve raised as soon as possible.

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“Funds raised – whether its £10 or £100 will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, helping save more lives.”

 Entries are still open for the final Race for Life in Scotland for 2021 which will be held on Sunday October 17 at Beach Park.

For information on returning sponsorship or to make a donation, visit or call 0300 123 0770. 

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