Men, women and children united against cancer on Sunday (June 30) by taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Barnstaple.

Participants at Barnstaple Race for Life 2019. Picture: Cancer Research UKParticipants at Barnstaple Race for Life 2019. Picture: Cancer Research UK

More than 1,100 participants of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes turned out at Seven Brethren to help beat cancer sooner.

Now organisers are sending a heart-felt message of thanks to everyone who took part and all their supporters.

People have been asked to make every step count by paying in sponsorship money as soon as possible so it can be used to fund life-saving research.

Ruth Chamings, Cancer Research UK's Barnstaple events manager, said: "Life-saving research is being funded right now thanks to people like the mums, dads, nans, grandpas, brothers, sisters, friends and workmates of Barnstaple who joined the fight at Race for Life.

People gather at Barnstaple Race for Life, which allowed men for the first time in 2019. Picture: Cancer Research UKPeople gather at Barnstaple Race for Life, which allowed men for the first time in 2019. Picture: Cancer Research UK

"By taking part and raising money, our participants play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into new, better treatments for patients in Devon and across the UK and we'd like to thank everyone who took part in the event on Sunday.

"The atmosphere on the day was hugely moving - full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter - as people came together to remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived. Race for Life offers a unique opportunity for like-minded people to unite against a disease that affects us all in some way."

Cancer Research UK's Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of events which raise millions of pounds every year.

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before.

The finish line at Barnstaple Race for Life 2019. Picture: Cancer Research UKThe finish line at Barnstaple Race for Life 2019. Picture: Cancer Research UK

Sponsorship money can be paid online, by phone, cheque or in person at a Cancer Research UK shop.

For information on returning sponsorship money, or to make a donation, visit raceforlife.org .