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The Children’s Cancer Run is coming back to Carlisle!  

We’re currently working with Carlisle City Council to confirm the date, but it is provisionally set for 27th June 2021. Register your interest here and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s confirmed.

The Children’s Cancer Run is a great day out for all of the family. With one, three or five mile cross-country routes to choose from we have something for all ages and abilities. All of our runners will receive a limited edition medal and a snack box to celebrate their achievement. All children aged 16 years and under will also receive a limited edition Children’s Cancer Run t-shirt.

Join us in our event village before and after your run to enjoy:

  • CFM Roadshow
  • Fairground rides
  • Kids activities
  • Food stalls
  • Much more….

Register your interest today

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Thank you to our corporate supporters for making the event possible:



Corporate supporter packages for the Children’s Cancer Run are available. If your business is interested in supporting our research through this event, please contact Janet Price –

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How Holly has brought the Children’s Cancer Run to Carlisle
The first ever Children’s Cancer Run in the North West was brought about because of the support of one very special family and their friends. The Brough family, from near Carlisle, have supported the Children’s Cancer Run since Holly Brough was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in November 2014, aged just two years old. Together with friends, the family approached NECCR about the idea of holding a Children’s Cancer Run in the North West and have been hugely supportive in pulling the plans together. Here is a little more about Holly’s story, from her Mum Caroline:

“In the Autumn of 2014, following time in the Cumberland Infirmary, Holly was referred to the RVI where she was diagnosed with leukaemia. Holly’s treatment lasted over two years and included intense treatment phases. Overall it was a journey filled with chemotherapy, transfusions, steroids, the loss of her hair, lumber punctures, tests, side effects of chemo, ‘magic sleeps’ and lots of determination and bravery.

Our involvement with the NECCR began through Holly’s fantastic childminder, Kate. Kate wanted to ‘do something’ and suggested we create ‘Team Holly’ and participate in the NECCR’s Children’s Cancer Run in Newcastle – our theme being Minnie Mouse – Holly’s favourite! In 2015 lots of Holly’s friends and family took part in our first NECCR run and since then we haven’t looked back.  She loves the event and the fantastic atmosphere as well as raising money for the NECCR which goes to to help fund invaluable research to help develop better treatments for children’s cancer.”

The history

The Children’s Cancer Run came from very small beginnings over 30 years ago. It started through Kings School in Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear in order to raise money for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research fund, as at the time, one of their pupils was suffering from cancer of the kidney.

This initial idea blossomed, slowly at first… the first run only had a couple of hundred people from Kings School.

A volunteer committee was set up to manage the organisation of the run, and today, many of the original members are still volunteering their services. Particularly satisfying and completing a ‘circle’ is the fact that Chris Peacock, the pupil at Kings school who had cancer of the kidney and who inspired pupils and staff to raise money in the first ‘sponsored’ run, is now also chairman of the committee.

2019 was the first year that the Children’s Cancer Run was brought to the North West. Over 800 runners joined us in Bitts Park on a pretty wet and muddy morning last September. We are looking forward to making the 2020 run even bigger and better, and keeping our fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine!

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