Participants needed for new Race for Life study

Researchers in Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences are working with Cancer Research UK to develop a range of materials to support women who take part in Race for Life events.

Previous studies have shown that those who take part in an active charity event, such as a fundraising walk, can become inspired to exercise more regularly afterwards.

Dr Clare Stevinson, lead researcher of the project, commented: “We know from previous research that Race for Life participants often have a huge sense of achievement after completing the challenge of a 5K walk or run, and feel motivated to continue exercising.

“However, it can be difficult to translate that motivation into a sustained pattern of behaviour. This study will be following a six-step process to develop materials and strategies that will support women in that goal.”

If you are planning to take part in a Race for Life event this summer, or have previously participated in one of the 2017 or 2016 challenges, you can contribute to the project in one of two ways:

  • Take part in a telephone interview (arranged at your convenience) about your motivation for exercise in relation to Race for Life
  • Or provide feedback on the materials developed to help support those who have tried to maintain a healthy level of exercise after a Race for Life event

If you are interested in participating in the study, you can find out more information here.

Those with further questions can contact Clare Stevinson at or Bethany Jones at