Race For Life 2022: Can I take part in London Cancer Research 5K Race For Life For Sarah Harding in Hyde Park?

Sarah Harding passed away in 2021 from breast cancer

People can now enter Race For Life events all over the country, with many races nationwide beginning this month.

The charity provides life-saving work, and helps to raise money for vital research into all 200 types of cancer.

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Race For Life has also been integral into fundraising for cancer, and Over the past 20 years, more than eight million people have taken part in the Race for Life, raising over £547 million.

With special races such as the Sarah Harding one due to take place in London soon, we look at when it is, and how to enter.

Sarah Harding attends the UK Premiere of Run For Your Wife (Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

When is the Race For Life for Sarah in London?

The Race for Life for Sarah is due to get underway at Hyde Park on 24 July 2022, and will take place alongside the 5K and 10K, also held at Hyde Park but will begin the latest of three, as it starts at 11:30am.

The distance of the race for the former Girls Aloud star is 5K, which equates to just over three miles.

How many Race For Life events are there?

To be inclusive for as many people as possible, to try and raise more funds, there are six Race for Life events. They are:

  • 3K
  • 5K 
  • 10K
  • Pretty Muddy
  • Race for Life at home
  • Race for Life schools

What is the Race For Life for Sarah in London?

This is a 5k for everyone who wants to run in memory of Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding, who sadly passed away due to breast cancer on 5 September 2021 at the age of 39.

Can I sign up for the Race For Life for Sarah?

People are being actively encouraged to sign up. Entry costs £14.99 for adults, £14.99 for young adults (16-17) and £10 for children.

On the official Race For Life website, they say: “Sign up to this special Race for Life and help fund breast cancer research in memory of Sarah Harding. Join Girls Aloud’s Cheryl, Nadine and Nicola as they Race for Life on Sunday 24 July 2022 at Hyde Park. If you can’t join us at the London event, you can join Kimberley and take part in a Race for Life at Home in memory of Sarah”.

What have her former bandmates said?

Harding was a member of one of the biggest girl bands to come out of the UK, Girls Aloud.

The band consisted of Cheryl, Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding and Kimberley Walsh.

The band has also confirmed that they will reunite for this special event, around nine years after the band called it quits.

Her former bandmate, Roberts, took to Instagram to say: “Come and join us at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life for Sarah in Hyde Park on Sunday 24 July. In memory of Sarah, together we’ll raise money for vital breast cancer research. Let’s come together and make it a beautiful day and contribute towards making a difference for other women too.”

Walsh, also on Instagram said: “We would love for you all to join us and help us raise money in Sarah’s name. It’s an amazing opportunity to come together and celebrate her life and also make a huge contribution to the future outcomes of those affected by cancer”.

What is the route?

The route is expertly explained on the Race for Life website, and they say: “The Hyde Park 5K course is a single lap that starts just north of the Bandstand and runs up towards Marble Arch, past the Joy of Life Fountain and towards the Reformers Tree in the centre of the park. It then heads alongside North Carriage Drive, before heading south and past the Serpentine. From here, we run to the old football pitches where you can see the Albert Memorial in the distance, and back past the Serpentine waterfall. The course is all on paths, with a few crossings of the sandy horse riding tracks. It is relatively flat with a few gentle slopes. “

How do I get to Hyde Park?

It is best if you use public transport to get to Hyde Park. The start and finish line is and  eight minute walk from Hyde Park Corner underground station.