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

An incredible number of women have already joined a ‘pink army’ ready to take on cancer on Sunday 21 June, but there are still places left.

Entry closes on Friday June 19 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 possible at


Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k marathon and Pretty Muddy events which raises millions of pounds every year bringing forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Maxine Bateman, Event Manager for Race for Life in the South West said: “We are absolutely thrilled that so many women have entered the Race for Life event in Sherborne.  But we still have places left so we are urging women to sign up as soon as possible.”

In 2014, 1,930 women took part in Race for Life in Sherborne and helped raise an incredible £84,380 for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. This year, the charity hopes the women who have already entered will hit a fundraising target of £85,000.

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

Taking part in Race for Life, alongside thousands of like minded women, is incredibly motivating. The atmosphere at all the events is full of emotion as participants wear signs on their backs declaring their reasons for taking part. Many will be remembering loved ones lost to cancer or celebrating the lives of people dear to them who have survived.

She continued: “Race for Life is not competitive and it’s not about being fit or fast. You can walk, jog, or run around the course if you like. Because these events are all about the feel-good factor that comes from being part of the ‘pink army’ as thousands of women come together to defeat cancer.”

Just a reminder to all women that no dogs are allowed on the course at Sherborne but are more than welcome to support from the event site.

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 £25 for groundbreaking research, even more with Gift Aid.

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.

Every contribution helps and women travelling to Race for Life by public transport could still bring a book or scarf or an old handbag filled with accessories to donate.

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research but with help from the people of Sherborne the charity intends to beat cancer sooner.

To enter Race for Life visit or call 0300 123 0770.

About Race for Life

  • Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in partnership with Tesco is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events which raise millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.
  • Race for Life is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series with over 300 events around the UK from May to the end of September.
  • Women and girls of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes from all over the UK join together to walk, jog or run to raise money to help beat over 200 types of cancer affecting men, women and children.  All women are welcome, regardless of whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group.
  • It’s easy to take part and raise money as a group, with the introduction of a simple to use online group entry process.
  • In 2015, Cancer Research UK hopes to recruit 530,000 women and raise £50m to help fund life-saving work.
  • The entry fee is £14.99 for adults and £10 for girls under 16.  This covers the costs of staging the event series and means that money raised in sponsorship can go to help beat cancer.
  • Race for Life started as one event in 1994 at Battersea Park with 680 participants.
  • Since Race for Life started, an incredible 7.7 million participants across the UK have raised over £691 million to fund Cancer Research UK’s vital work.

Cancer Research UK

  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
  • Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
  • Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.
  • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.
  • Today, 2 in 4 people survive cancer. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that 3 in 4 people will survive cancer within the next 20 years.
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit: Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.