HAMPSHIRE women are being urged to join forces and show cancer who is boss by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2014 which is now open for entries.

Event organisers are calling on mums, daughters, sisters, grandmas and friends, encouraging them to sign up as soon as possible.

Women and girls of all ages, shapes and sizes can play their part in the fight against this dreadful disease by entering Race for Life 5k or 10k events in Winchester on Sunday, June 8 or Southampton on Sunday, July 6.

Liz Frisby, Cancer Research UK’s events manager, said: “We’re calling on Hampshire’s mighty-mums, gutsy-grans, feisty friends and go-getting girls to join our formidable army and take on cancer at this year’s Race for Life.

“We know how committed Hampshire women can be when they really make up their minds to do something. We want to harness that power to stop cancer in its tracks, by raising money for life-saving research.

“Race for Life is non-competitive.

It’s not about being fit or fast. Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun.

“Or they can choose to jog, run or even dance around the course if they prefer.”

Last year, 6,047 women took part in Race for Life in Southampton and raised £300,000. A total of 1,888 women took part in Race for Life in Winchester and raised £120,825.

In 2014 the Southampton Race for Life will again take place on Southampton Common while the Winchester event will be held at the Garrison Ground and University Stadium in Bar End Road.

This year, organisers need even more women and girls to stride out to help raise vital funds.

Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the South East.

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

Liz continued: “Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease.

There are more than 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all.”

To enter Race for Life log on to raceforlife.org or ring 0845 600 6050.