Boston’s Race for Life has run its course

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A HUGE fundraising event in Boston which raised over £80,000 this year has been cancelled as it is not considered to be cost effective.

The Race for Life, run by Cancer Research UK, usually takes place at the Princess Royal Sports Arena (PRSA) in June, but organisers have said that it is no longer raising enough money to make it worthwhile.

It means that people who want to take part in the female-only event, next year will have to travel to Lincoln.

Alison Mackfall, Cancer Research UK Event Manager for Lincolnshire, said: “Race for Life raises money to fund life-saving research, so we owe it to our participants and supporters to ensure that we raise as much money as possible in the most cost-efficient way. Taking the costs of staging the event into consideration, we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel it for 2012.

“We want to express our heart-felt thanks to everyone who has taken part in Race for Life in Boston and we hope our supporters will understand the reason for this difficult decision for 2012.”

She added that the decision was made as part of a regular review. Boston is one of several smaller events around the UK which have been cancelled.

Since the Race for Life came to Boston in 2005 it has routinely had around 1,500 entrants. This year a total of 1,439 women took part, but organisers said the number was lower than expected.

Lincoln will be the nearest event for people taking part next year. Last year, double the normal amount of people turned out to the Lincolnshire Showground to run, jog or walk the five kilometre course and raise awareness of female cancers, while gaining sponsorship.

Cancer Research UK has said it will continue to review its events but declined to say how much it cost to put the race on.

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