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raceforlife2013_003The annual charity fundraiser, Race for Life, has been scrapped for 2014 due to the event no longer being cost effective.

Cancer Research UK, who organise the event, have said they have reduced a number of smaller events across the country including the Isle of Wight run held at Seaclose Park, Newport.

Not all is lost however, with a Southampton-based businessman stepping in to put on a similar event for the charity.

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Janice Burtt, Cancer Research UK Event Manager said:

“Race for Life helps fund life-saving research so we owe it to our participants and supporters to ensure we raise as much as possible in the most cost-efficient way. Although around 700 women took part last year, entries were lower than anticipated. Considering the cost of staging the event, we have had to take the difficult decision not to run it again in 2014. I am grateful to those who took part over the years and hope they will understand. I would also like to thank the Isle of Wight Council for their support and making the venue available.”

The women-only event may have been cancelled, but ladies from across the Island are invited to take part in the mainland events held in Southampton and/or Portsmouth. Schools on the Island have also been told they can hold their own Race for Life event under the Cancer Research UK banner.

Jamie Bray, managing director of B7 Events and Promotions, who have stepped in to organise a running-based event, added:

“My team and I are very excited about taking on this event. We’re all very driven to help raise awareness and money for Cancer Research UK.

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“It could become an annual event on the island and I may take it further afield if this pilot is a success. The event will be different and will involve all the family with lots of different activities going on – an island event, run by islanders.”

Details of the event have yet to be finalised, but the event would be at Sealcose Park and aimed at families.

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