The number of Cancer Research UK Race for Life events is expected to fall from 285 in 2011 to 240 in 2012.
The charity’s latest annual report says that one of the main reasons its fundraised income fell for the first time last year was that 64,000 fewer people took part in the its Race for Life events compared with 2009, and offline sponsorship fell by 12 per cent to £58m.
John Tasker, CRUK’s head of events, said that although the number of events would be cut next year, more venues would host events than in 2010. This was because, he said, some venues that previously hosted both a morning and an afternoon event would combine the two into one.
He said Race for Life events took place at 182 venues in 2010 and 199 in 2011, and would take place at 184 in 2012. The number of events was 273 in 2010 and 285 in 2011, and is expected to be 240 in 2012, he said.
Tasker said the changes had been made to make the event more cost-effective.
"I think it’s just a general annual review of delivering events in as cost-effective a way as possible," he said. "This year we’re forecasting the amount raised to be as good, if not better than 2010."He said CRUK expected that Race for Life would remain a significant part of its fundraising portfolio in future years.