PLANS have been announced to restage Race of Life - and associated runs - in Heaton Park later this year.

Promoters of the popular Cancer Research fundraiser had been forced to cancel Race for Life, and Pretty Muddy, a tandem event, which were due to take place on July 11 and 12.

But charity officials have now pencilled in the gatherings for October 17 and 18 and are looking for runners to pledge their support.

Jane Bullock, north west manager for Cancer Research, said: “We’re sending a heartfelt message to everyone to seize the opportunity and come join us to Race for Life this October at Heaton Park.

“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 Heaton Park this July.

“We hope men, women and children will unite against cancer and make Race for Life the best yet this October. Together we can beat cancer.

“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 throughout these unprecedented times.”

Those who had already signed up for the July races can transfer their entries to October by going online to, which will also be taking new entry details.