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This is the Race for Our Lives

The Wirral’s Cancer Research Race for Life is over this year with another fantastic weekend of Weather and Volunteering!

Back in 2018, Kev Jones (1st Beechwood Scouts) was asked by the Cancer Research North West events team if he could gather a group of Scouting Members to volunteer as Marshalls on a Number of Stations, over the Weekend of the Race for Life, and Pretty Muddy Events.

This year, after doing such a good job of Last Years event, we were invited back to do the volunteering again for the two events over the weekend of the 29th and 30th June.The Saturday saw a very early start for Adult Scout Volunteers who were there helping set up by just after 7am, before the start of the #PrettyMud

dy events. As the day went on, members of the 1st Beechwood Scout Group, Both Birkenhead Explorer Units and Daniel from Birkenhead Network, who is also a Scout and Explorer Leader in Birkenhead and Walsall, went off to Marshall many of the Activities around the Muddy 5k Obstacle Course, whilst some members stayed at the Start/Finish Line to Cheer on the Starters and Give Water and Medals out to the Finishers. The Saturday Saw over £33000 Raised for the Cancer Research Charity. 

After this, Sunday came with another Very Early start… Back in the park before 7am to help set for the #RaceForLife event.

Luckily, on the Sunday… There was more Scouting Helpers!... Mark from 5th Birkenhead, (who couldn’t make it on the Saturday due to other Scouting Commitments), and Les from Birkenhead Explorer Sea Scout Unit (Viking) came down to assist the Sunday Volunteers!

After setting up, there was a quick chance to grab some breakfast and a coffee, before the long process of sorting the medals and water out, ready to give out began. Just before the 11am ‘Go’ Mark, there was a chance for the Scouts and Leaders, as well as the nearly 3000 People who were there to run, jog or walk the 5 or 10k course, to get warmed up before the start.

After the Scouts had Warmed up with the Participants, some went off to man a water station for the 10k course, whilst others stayed at the start to see the nearly 3000 off, and to welcome them back in with their well earned Medals and bottles of water.

There were many of our friends in Scouting taking Part in the events over the weekend, Helping beat Cancer sooner their way!

Throughout the weekend, there were many plastic bottles used, which the Scouts collected in Bin Bags to turn into their own ‘Eco Bricks’, Meaning that overall, there wasn’t a lot of Waste, even the Marking tape for the course was used throughout the weekend in many different ways!

Overall, a massively Successful event for the Cancer Research North West Events team ( @CRUKEventsNW), and a great weekend for the members of Birkenhead Scouting who were helping throughout the Weekend, who have already been asked to help in 2020!

With over £100,000 raised for the Cancer Research Charity throughout the weekend, it has been a rollercoaster of a weekend!

Be sure to follow Cancer Research North West & Birkenhead Scouts. 


Written by Daniel Richards - Birkenhead Scouts