Boris Johnson backs the 2016 Cancer Research UK London Winter Run

The Mayor of London has shown his support for the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run, which will be returning to the capital on 31st January 2016, following a sell-out first year.

The 10k run that features a Giant Snow-Zone, Polar Bear Hugs and extensive winter theming will see thousands set off from Trafalgar Square on a scenic, closed-road route past many of London’s iconic landmarks.

London Mayor, Boris Johnson said “The Cancer Research UK London Winter Run is a great opportunity for Londoners to keep fit through the winter. I’m delighted that this wonderful event is returning after a hugely successful first year and helping to raise crucial funds for Cancer Research UK”
The Cancer Research UK London Winter Run will see several roads in Central London closed on Sunday 31 January, giving runners a rare opportunity to run through the capital traffic free and see globally iconic landmarks, up-close.

The 2015 event saw 19% of runners use the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run as their first ever organised running event, highlighting it’s accessibility for runners of all abilities. Having a fun and inspiring event to aim for is the perfect motivation to conquer the cold and use the winter months to stay fit and active.

Clive Sanders, Head of Events at Cancer Research UK, said; “Fundraising events like The Winter Run Series are vital for raising life-saving funds to help beat cancer sooner and uniting men and women of all ages and abilities in the fight against the disease. We’re delighted that The Winter Run is returning to London and we hope that people across the capital and the UK will seize the chance to give cancer the cold shoulder.

More facts and figures on the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run:

  • 66% of participants were female
  • 49% came from London & the SE
  • 20% of entrants were deemed ‘inactive’ before doing the run (i.e. doing at least 30 minutes physical activity, fewer than two times a week); this reduced to just 8% after the run
  • £24.41 was the average spend per entrant in London around the event
  • 54% of entrants came with a minimum of 1 supporter