WOMEN in North Devon are being urged to grab their last chance to enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Barnstaple as there are just two weeks left until registration closes.

1403 women have already joined the formidable army who are ready to take on cancer on Sunday 6 July and there are just 97 places left.

Entries will close at midnight on Friday 4th July and organisers are encouraging mums, daughters, grannies, sisters, friends and workmates who want to take part in the 5k women-only event to sign up as soon as possible at raceforlife.org.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k events which raises millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner.

Ruth Chamings, Event Manager for Race for Life for Devon, said: “We are very grateful to the women who have already entered Race for Life in Barnstaple. But we still have places left so we are urging women to sign up as soon as possible.”

In 2013, 1471 women took part in Race for Life in Barnstaple and helped raise an incredible £61,533 for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. This year, the charity hopes to hit a fundraising target of £62,746.

By raising money through Race for Life, people in North Devon are helping Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists make advances in research which will help more men, women and children survive.

Women of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of fitness take part in Race for Life. They come from different backgrounds and walks of life but they are united by their absolute determination to take on the disease and beat it.

Ruth continued: “Race for Life is not competitive and it’s not about being fit or fast. It’s about thousands of women coming together to show cancer who’s boss.

Women can boost their contribution to Cancer Research UK’s work by doing a ‘wardrobe work-out’ before their event. The charity is encouraging them to sort out and bag up hidden treasures such as quality clothes, books and accessories they no longer use and take them to the Donation Station at Race for Life. Each bag of goods could help raise up to £30 for groundbreaking research.

Every participant receives a donation bag, along with a Gift Aid form, as part of their Race for Life entry pack. Just by completing the form and popping it in their bag, women can boost the value of their donation by an extra 25 per cent.

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research but with help from the people of North Devon the charity intends to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

To enter Race for Life, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.