Residents are being urged to look beyond lockdown by making a date to join Irvine’s Race for Life.

Organisers of the much-loved Irvine event hope to return to the town later in the year – with socially distanced measures to help keep participants safe.

Anyone who signs up this January can claim a special 30 per cent off the entry fee by using the code JAN2021.

COVID-19 has caused a devastating loss of research funding. Cancer Research UK is predicting a staggering £300million drop in income over the next three years which could put future medical breakthroughs at risk.

Entries are open now for the Race for Life 5k and 10k which take place on Wednesday June 9 at Irvine Beach Park.

People of all ages and abilities are welcome to take part.

Cancer Research UK spokesperson Lisa Adams said: “All 400 mass-participation Race for Life events across the UK were cancelled last year to protect the country’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic. So this year, more than ever, we need people to come together and help beat the disease.

“COVID-19 has slowed us down. But we will never stop and we are absolutely determined to continue.

“Please go to the Race for Life website, choose an event, and sign up today.”