RETIRED District President Eileen Howlett won't be letting a small matter of a broken ankle stand in her way when she takes part in the Race for Life on July 20.

An accident in the kitchen left the former Guides leader in plaster but she won't let the injury stop her taking part in the major fundraising event on Southampton Common.

She will be one of a team of 15 from the Southampton West Guide Group that meets at the Guide Centre off Wimpson Lane. Brownie Hannah Brackley will be the youngest team member.

Mrs Howlett, 67, was treated for breast cancer eight years ago and was keen to enter a team in this year's event.

"I would love to be walking it but sadly I am not able to and I will have to be pushed around the course instead.

"I raised it at our AGM when Race for Life was first advertised and there was a lot of support for us taking part," she said.

This year's Race for Life promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Organisers hope up to 10,000 women will take part in the special tenth anniversary race.

The 5km course takes participants around Southampton Common. On the day there will be a real party atmosphere with live bands, street entertainers and even post-race massages available to ease those weary legs.

Entries close Sunday, July 13 but there's still time to sign up by calling 08705 134 314.