York to light up the night for cancer research UK

Due to the amount of rainfall over the last week, and the subsequent flooding of the River Ouse, the Shine Night Walk York for Cancer Research UK due to take place on Friday 4th October has been postponed. 

The extent of the flooding means the location for the start and finish area and much of the 10k course is now unsuitable. Attempts to reroute the event or find an alternative venue, that offer the same participant experience, have been unsuccessful. Therefore the difficult decision has been taken to reschedule Shine Night Walk York to Friday 18th October at 7.30pm

Emma Willis, Cancer Research UK Event Manager, said: “We apologise for the inconvenience, and thank you for your continued support. We hope people who signed up will be able to join us for our rescheduled date. Participants have been notified via email.”

Anybody who is unable to make the new date of Friday 18 October, can contact Cancer Research UK Supporter Services on 0300 123 6624 for a full refund.

Shine Night Walk York route: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/sites/default/files/shine_night_walk_2019_york_map.pdf

  • Cancer Research UK’s Shine Night Walk is a series of evening walking fundraising events across the UK.

·         10k Shine Night Walks will take place in Cambridge, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Southampton and York.

  • 10k is just over six miles, or roughly the same as walking around a football pitch nearly 29 times. Training advice is available to help participants get ready.

  • Participants can choose to support one of 10 different areas of scientific research, including bowel cancer, brain cancer, breast cancer, children’s cancers, leukaemia, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, brain cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer. Or they can simply give their backing to Cancer Research UK’s overall work.

  • Shine Night Walk is open to men, women and children aged 11-18 and accompanied by an adult.

  • Entry to Shine Night Walk 10k is £14.99

  • Ryvita is the headline partner of Shine Night Walk this autumn.

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Shine participants can choose to support one of 12 different areas of scientific research. These include prostate cancer, testicular cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia. Or they can simply give their backing to Cancer Research UK’s overall work.

The Shine Night Walk starts at Rowntree Park at 7.30pm and participants will take to the city streets in a fun and inspirational parade of light. The route will pass landmarks such as the York Minster and Clifford’s Tower.

York is one of just ten locations across the UK selected to hold Shine Night Walk events in 2019.

Emma Willis, Cancer Research UK York Event Manager, said: “We’re delighted to bring Cancer Research UK’s Shine Night Walk back to York following its success in 2018. We hope the whole community will again come together to light up the city streets and make this a night to remember on October 4th.

“The battle against cancer never stops.  We need everyone to sign up and start fundraising as soon as possible, to fund research that will bring hope to people affected by the disease.”

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One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

She added: “Participants can choose to complete the course at their own speed, from a leisurely stroll to a lively stride to a full-on power walk. Training guidance and fundraising advice will be provided before the big night and there’ll be special points along the route to help keep everyone going.

“The atmosphere on the evening promises to be unique as the community unites in the fight against the disease. It’s a special opportunity for people to come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived.”

By taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Shine Night Walk in York, participants will be making a real difference to local men, women and children who face the disease.

Organisers hope 900 people will choose to put their best foot forward and raise £48,000 to support pioneering research.

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research. So money raised through Shine Night Walk York is crucial to the pioneering work of doctors, nurses and scientists who are fighting cancer on all fronts.

Cancer Research UK is also calling on local men and women to help spread the word about Shine Night Walk before the big day to encourage as many people as possible to enter, as well as helping at the event. Volunteers will gain practical, hands-on experience in event marketing, working with people from all walks of life, while contributing to a seriously worthwhile cause.

 To enter visit www.shinewalk.org

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