England Athletics and Macmillan Cancer Support join forces to empower lives through running

England Athletics is thrilled to announce our partnership with Macmillan, one of the UK's leading cancer charities. This collaboration marks a significant step in harnessing the power of athletics to support individuals affected by cancer and promote a healthier, more active lifestyle.

The partnership aims to create a supportive and inclusive environment for those affected by cancer, offering a range of running programmes tailored to various fitness levels. These initiatives will not only provide physical health benefits but also serve as a platform for emotional well-being and community support.

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We are both committed to breaking down barriers and encouraging individuals to overcome the challenges associated with cancer through the positive impact of running. England Athletics will leverage its expertise to support runners tackling new challenges, while Macmillan Cancer Support will contribute its wealth of knowledge in providing practical, emotional, and financial support to those affected by cancer.

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Chris Jones, CEO of England Athletics, expressed his excitement about the collaboration, stating,

"We are delighted to partner with Macmillan Cancer Support to harness the transformative power of running. Together, we aim to create a network of support, enabling individuals to tackle cancer by embarking on their running journey, raising funds for such a great cause, experiencing the physical and mental benefits, and building a sense of community."

Will Morrison Ayton, Senior Challenge Events Programme Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, echoed this sentiment:

“We are delighted to be official charity partner of England Athletics for 2024 and 2025. With thousands of our supporters pulling on their trainers or hiking boots each year to take on a challenge to fundraise for Macmillan, partnership with England Athletics will give our supporters the expert training support they need.

At Macmillan, we know that the number of people living with cancer is rising, and by 2030 we estimate that over 4 million people will be living with cancer in the UK. Macmillan Cancer Support has committed to be there for everyone who needs us, from the moment they receive their cancer diagnosis.

We look forward to a long and successful partnership with England Athletics.”

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