Is anyone else taking part? I took part last year and have started doing some trainign for this year's race because I'd like to get a better time. Not only that, but last year I really surprised myself with how much I could, so am keen to improve my running - something I really thought I'd just never be able to do! Something has shocked me though: the reaction of some of my friends. I've been asking for sponsors (well, not really asking, put putting a notice on my FB page and posting a link that people can followed). I've also been asking my friends if anyone would like to take part with me. A few friends have really quite upset me with their reaction. One frien has said that she "doesn't believe in the Race For Life" because participants have to pay to take part, meaning not all money goes to charity. She has said that she'd rather give the money direct because then at least she feels like "something's being done". I was a bit hurt because it made me feel like she was under mining the huge effort I'm putting in to take part and raise loads of money. Another friend has said, "Don't get me started on Cancer Research...". I know that she has personal experience of cancer, having lost her father to the disease as a teenager. However, I was completely shocked and taken aback by her response. Has anyone else experience negative responses before? I'm really surprised, as I say. I personally feel they are being pretty unreasonable and unsupportive. I've tried explaining that the charity needs money to fund the events and that the amount of moeny raised that does go to the charity outways the entry fees many many times, but to no avail. Am I missing something here?