HUNDREDS of people united against cancer in Stirling at the weekend in what was Scotland's first Race for Life in almost two years.

The event, which raised money and awareness for Cancer Research UK, returned to Stirling on Sunday, August 22, following a hiatus due to Covid-19.

More than 400 people took part in the 5K and 10K events at the sports grounds of the University of Stirling, raising around £45,000 to help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

On the day, Jack Gullen, 25, crossed the finish line first and primary school teacher Sally Stovell, from Stirling, was the first woman home.

Before participants set off on the course, an audio recording of STV presenter Laura Boyd's inspirational story of living with leukaemia was also shared.

Laura, 39, said: “Back in September 2009 my life changed forever when I received the devastating news that I had cancer.

“I just heard that word and practically collapsed.

“My memory from that day is saying to the doctor, well, am I going to die? It was the first question that I wanted to ask.

“From then on it was an absolute whirlwind.

“I’ve had numerous ups and downs but the hospital have been absolutely incredible and I actually went on a trial funded by Cancer Research UK which has helped as well.

“I hope my story will help connect with people in the moments before they set off on the Race for Life course.

“Supporting Race for Life this autumn feels like a really positive way to take action and make a difference to the lives of people with cancer.

“I am proof that the work scientists do, the funding supporters raise goes to help save lives and also create lives.”

Race for Life events are also scheduled for Edinburgh, Dundee, Irvine and more this autumn.

Lisa Adams, Race for Life spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “Everyone can play their part to beat cancer.

“Life saving research is being funded right now thanks to our supporters who fundraise.

“All 400 mass participation Race for Life events across the UK were cancelled last year to protect the country’s health during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This year, it was particularly special to see Race for Life return to Stirling.

“The atmosphere on the day was hugely moving - full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter as people celebrated the lives of those dear to them who have survived cancer and remembered loved ones lost to the disease.

“Now we’re asking everyone who took part to return the money they’ve raised as soon as possible.

“Funds raised - whether its £10 or £100 will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, helping save more lives.”

Anyone who signs up for a Race for Life event between August 30 and September 12 can claim a special 50 per cent off the entry fee by using the code RFLAUG30.

For information on returning sponsorship or to make a donation, visit or call 0300 123 0770