Places still available for Barnstaple Race for Life event
THOUSANDS of women will be taking part in this year s Race for Life cancer fund-raiser in Barnstaple on Sunday. Nearly 2,400 participants have signed up to take part in this year s race, starting at the Tarka Tennis Centre at 11am. Although organisers hav
THOUSANDS of women will be taking part in this year's Race for Life cancer fund-raiser in Barnstaple on Sunday.
Nearly 2,400 participants have signed up to take part in this year's race, starting at the Tarka Tennis Centre at 11am.
Although organisers have exceeded this year's goal of 2,000 entrants, there are still spaces for a further 100 to take part and help Cancer Research UK reach a local town target of �86,000. Last year the Barnstaple Race for Life alone raised �101,000.
"Despite the current economic climate, we have still got the same amount of participants for the one race as we had for the two last year," said Lisa Carrotte, area events manager for Cancer Research UK.
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"The race is not quite full as yet; we have 2,379 participants which is fantastic but we do still have about 100 places left for anyone still wanting to take part."
The route follows the Tarka Trail from the Tarka Tennis Centre and along the river towards the town centre before crossing the Long Bridge.
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"There may be congestion in this area with the build up of traffic coming into and out of the site," said Lisa. "There are no road closures but there will be cones in place on the bridge to separate the participants from the traffic, which may slow vehicles down slightly."
Organisers are encouraging people to arrive at least an hour before the race and to car share to try and avoid queuing for the car parks at Barnstaple Leisure Centre and Tarka Tennis Centre.
"We also have a warm up at around 10.30am so it would be great if people can arrive in time for that too," added Lisa.
"We are still looking for volunteers for the Barnstaple event; the events just would not happen without them, so it is vital that we have volunteers to help out on the day, whether helping to marshal out on the course, or by handing out goody bags at the end."
People can still enter the race or sign up as a volunteer by visiting www.raceforlife.org or by calling the hotline number on 0871 641 2282.