Cancer charity Rosemere Cancer Foundation is to retain the 20 places it had been allocated in this year’s now cancelled Great North Run when the event returns for its 40th anniversary next year on Sunday, 12th September 2021.

It means anyone who had pledged to run for Rosemere Cancer Foundation this year now needs to contact the charity to confirm if they wish to keep their place. Likewise, if anyone who would like a Great North run place, they can avoid the pot luck of the entry ballot by also contacting the charity to bag one of its.

In return for a place, Rosemere Cancer Foundation asks its runners to promise a minimum £300 in sponsorship and to pay a £25 admin fee. Entry to the Great North Run via the ballot is £58.

Dan Hill, the charity’s chief officer, said: “We had 10 runners signed up for 2020 but would have filled all our places had there not been the uncertainty over whether or not the Great North Run would happen this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“September next year might seem a long way off but I would expect demand for 2021 Great North Run places to be even higher than usual given its cancellation this year and its 40th birthday next so I would say if you want a Rosemere place, get in touch sooner rather than later.”

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties.

The charity funds cutting edge equipment, research, training and other cancer services that are beyond limited NHS resources. To contact Rosemere Cancer Foundation, call 01772 522913 or email info@rosemere.org.uk