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WOMEN in Hartlepool are being urged to grab their last chance to enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life as there are only days left to register.

So far 1,100 women have joined the fight against cancers by entering the 5k women-only event on Sunday, June 24 and there are only 400 places left.

Entry closes on Wednesday and organisers are encouraging mums, daughters, grannies, sisters, friends and workmates who want to take part to enter now.

Organisers say Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an amazing women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year for life-saving research into 200 types of cancer – helping men, women and children across the North-East survive.

It is non-competitive and women can choose whether to walk, jog or run the 5k route, while most are able to walk 5k in an hour.

Claire Wase, event manager for Race for Life in the North-East, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that so many women have entered Race for Life in Hartlepool. Together, they will help us create a fantastic atmosphere on the day and raise crucial funds to help beat cancer.

“But we don’t want anyone to miss out. We still have places left for the Hartlepool event, but we are reminding women who want to take part at this venue that they must enter as soon as possible, before registration closes.

“Please enter Race for Life in Hartlepool today. The battle against cancer never stops so we need you to sign up now and start raising money for ground-breaking research to help save more lives.”

In 2011, 1,400 women took part in Race for Life in and helped raise £69,000 for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.

This year, Cancer Research UK hopes those who have entered will hit a fundraising target of £71,000.

Ms Wase added: “Women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes take part in Race for Life.

“They motivate and inspire each other to complete the course. Many simply walk round, chatting and having fun but they all share the wonderful atmosphere.”

Women can boost their contribution to Cancer Research UK’s work by doing a “wardrobe work-out” before the event.

The charity is encouraging people 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 as much as an extra £30 for life-saving research.

Every participant receives a donation bag, along with a Gift Aid form, as part of their Race for Life entry pack and 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.

Enter Race for Life by calling 0871 6411111 or log onto www.raceforlife.org