NEXT month's Race for Life and Pretty Muddy fundraising runs in Wirral have been cancelled because of social distancing measures imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The events - organised by Cancer Research UK Race for Life - were due to take place in Birkenhead Park over the weekend of June 27-28. Participants who have signed up will be contacted directly by the charity.

Jane Bullock, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the North West, told the Globe: "As the coronavirus outbreak continues to unfold, we are listening to the advice and guidance of the UK Government carefully.

"While our priority is ensuring that people affected by cancer get the support and information they need during unprecedented times, we're having to work quickly to understand the impact the pandemic will have on Cancer Research UK's fundraising.

"We have urgently reviewed our events, including Race for Life.

"As the safety of our supporters, volunteers, suppliers and staff across the hundreds of Race for Life events due to take place in 2020 is incredibly important we have made the decision to postpone the events scheduled in May, June and July including Race for Life Wirral this June.

"We will aim to deliver as many events as possible later in the year.

"We know this will be a huge disappointment to our supporters, but I'm sure they will understand.

"We'll be in touch with everyone who has signed up as soon as possible to let them know next steps.

"Since it began, Race for Life has raised over £890m for Cancer Research UK's life-saving work.

"We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who has taken part and hope their support will continue."

Money raised through Race for Life helps to make long-term research and pioneering trials possible, leading to new tests and kinder treatments, which could save the lives of more men, women and children across the North West.

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