TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer is showing her support for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life by urging Scots to take part in her home city event as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.
The Glasgow-born star is proud to back the series of 5K and 10K events across Scotland which fund vital research in to gentler and more effective treatments for cancer. This year marks the 25th birthday celebrations of Race for Life as Scotland’s first Race for Life event was held in Glasgow in spring 1995. Thousands are set to take to the streets again to join in Scotland’s biggest Race for Life at Glasgow Green on Sunday May 19. Money raised will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.
Photo: Showing her support, Jenni Falconer
Every day, 88 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland and the number of people being diagnosed with cancer has now reached around 32,000 people every year. Jenni who has taken part in several Race for Life 5K events over the years says the feeling you get from crossing the finish line at a Race for Life event is unbeatable.
Jenni, 43, said: “The Race for Life finish line is the most emotional place.
“Some people burst in to tears as they cross the finish line and that so often sets me off too. Pretty much everyone involved is taking part in honour of a loved one who has been through cancer or in memory of someone special to them who they’ve lost to cancer or because they’ve been through cancer themselves.
“There are so many reasons to keep motivated at the Race for Life and to feel proud of the difference you’re making by taking part. It’s a brilliantly positive social occasion but the reason everyone is there together is to raise money, awareness and to try to fight this disease that still gets too many people.”
Jenni knows exactly how vital the power of research is to help give more families more tomorrows with their loved ones. Her husband, James Midgley was just 14 when he lost his dad to lung cancer.
Jenni said: “It was really difficult for my husband to experience that, to watch his dad decline in front of his eyes in quite a short period of time.
“It happened before I met my husband but the painful experience he describes going through is heart-breaking, so the sooner we find a cure for this disease the better.”
Now Heart Radio presenter Jenni has put her passion for running in to a podcast RunPod, and the latest episode is a Race for Life special. Jenni is joined by Gemma Hillier-Moses, a cancer survivor and founder of the charity MOVE who ran the Great North Run in between chemotherapy cycles. Jenni also interviews breast cancer survivor Alex King who has taken part in 10 Race for Life events.
Jenni said: “I’m really proud that we have this Race for Life podcast episode in the mix.
“It was very humbling to listen to Gemma and Alex’s stories. I loved their positivity and their optimistic outlook on everything.”
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Jenni who lives in London returns to Scotland regularly to visit her parents who live near Loch Lomond and to introduce her seven-year-old daughter Ella to the stunning countryside as well as the excitement of Glasgow.
Jenni said: “I’ll always see Scotland as my home.
“Every time I drive over the border in to Scotland I just get this amazing sense of happiness and relaxation. Culturally and architecturally Scotland is incredible. Glasgow and Edinburgh are stunning and outside these cities you have the most breathtaking landscape.
“Glasgow is the friendliest place. I have lots of friends who have done Race for Life at Glasgow Green and they all agree it’s such a special occasion to be a part of.”
Organisers are appealing for Scots of all ages and abilities to stride out to help beat cancer with Scotland’s first Race for Life 5K and 10K events of the year kicking off in Stirling and South Queensferry on May 12, closely followed this spring by events across the country, everywhere from Edinburgh to Irvine, Falkirk to Fife.
Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK’s spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “We’d like to thank Jenni for supporting the Race for Life.
“Our Race for Life events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. They help people with cancer by raising money for research, including clinical trials which give patients across Scotland access to the latest treatments. You don’t have to be sporty to take part. You don’t need to train or compete against anyone else. All you need to do is go to the Race for Life website, pick an event, sign up and then have fun raising money in whatever way you like.
“Taking part in our Race for Life events enables like-minded people to get together and remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those who have survived. At the same time, they are helping to make a difference to people with cancer, right now. Our Race for Life events were women-only when they started, over 25 years ago. But we now feel the time is right to open them up so that everyone – women, men and children – has the chance to participate together.
“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer, at some point during their lifetime. Sadly, this means nearly everyone is touched by the disease, either directly or through a loved one or friend. To make a significant difference in the fight against cancer we need to harness as much energy and commitment as possible – so what better way than involving everyone in the community in our events.
“This spring, we’re urging mums, dads, nans, grandpas, brothers, sisters, friends and workmates to show their support by joining the Race for Life. It’s a perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer.”
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. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend around £38 million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. Glasgow is home to the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute where a thriving community of cancer scientists and doctors are working to reduce the impact of this disease around the world. An exciting programme of work has been established to look for ways to tailor treatment for pancreatic cancer. Our scientists in Glasgow first manufactured the brain cancer drug, temozolomide. Thousands of people now benefit from treatment with this drug worldwide.
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.
Jenni Falconer’s new podcast, RunPod, inspires listeners to bring running in to their day-to-day lives. The Race for Life special is out now and you can listen on the Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
This year everyone can take part in the Race for Life whatever their fitness level. Because it’s not about breaking records, it’s about beating cancer.
To enter Race for Life today visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.
Race for Life events in Glasgow 2019:
- Sunday, 19th May: Race for Life Glasgow 5K and 10K, Glasgow Green
- Sunday, 8th September: Race for Life Glasgow Pretty Muddy Kids and Pretty Muddy, Pollok Country Park, Glasgow