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Beatson Cancer Charity is going virtual on the 12th-13th June with its annual Off the Beatson Track 10k walking challenge. Last year more than 1000 people took part in their first ever virtual event which raised over £100,000  and it’s hoped this year even more people will don their favourite trainers or walking boots and enjoy the benefits of walking and wellness whilst raising funds.

After careful deliberation, Beatson Cancer Charity’s community fundraising team has decided to host another virtual challenge to prioritise the health and safety of the community, given the current circumstances surrounding Covid-19.

All we ask is that you join in, wear yellow and enjoy yourself, whether you’re able to walk in your neighbourhood, local park or favourite rambling spot in Scotland. It’s £15 per person to register and kids under 12 go free and at the end of the walk everyone will receive a medal, a t-shirt and the knowledge that they have funded lifesaving cancer care. Register here: www.beatsoncancercharity.org/otbt  or call 0141 212 0505

The charity was keen to find a way to offer 2 days of opportunities to keep the much-loved experience in the calendar and a way to continue raising funds for cancer research and its services.

Maisie McCormick, Community Fundraising Manager at the Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “It has been a very difficult year and as we begin to open up and come together again, it is important to have goals.

We’re asking people across Glasgow and The West to get involved with our annual walking event and set their own goals be they fundraising, distance covered, pics snapped or anything else you can think of!” 

The flagship event, a 10k (6.5miles) challenge is suitable for all ages and mobility and is guaranteed a great ‘feel-good’ challenge.  This year should be no different with Beatson Cancer Charity hoping that supporters will continue their celebration with Off the Beatson Track. Families can still take part but by staying local instead of the usual mass gathering city loop.  Everyone can create their own route and participate in their own way.  It’s entirely up to you!

Martin Cawley, CEO of the Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “Each year, we eagerly wait to see just how involved the community gets in our fundraising events. We have never been disappointed as they always make an effort. Early indications are that, despite COVID-19, this year will be no different.

“It is possible to stay local and still have fun, so we encourage everyone to get involved virtually and rack up some steps for a good cause.” 

Check out the film Off The Beatson Track 2021