Organisers say raising money for life-saving research is the perfect incentive to shift the post-Christmas pounds

This year’s Barnstaple Cancer Research UK Race for Life will take place on Sunday, July 3.

The charity is calling on women of all shapes, sizes and ages to enter a five or 10km event at Seven Brethren.

Event Manager Ruth Chamings said: “Signing up to take part in Race for Life is a great way for women to commit to get a little more active.

“The events are non-competitive; taking part is not about being fit or fast and participants can choose to walk, jog, or run around the course.

“The atmosphere is incredibly supportive. Planning to raise money for life-saving research could prove more of an incentive to get up and get moving than the usual New Year’s resolution to shift the post-Christmas pounds.”

The charity said that one-in-two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but more people were surviving the disease than ever and that survival rates had doubled since the early 1970s.

Last year, 1,537 women took part in Barnstaple Race for Life, raising £69,413.

Ruth added: “Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate everyone we love who has survived cancer. It’s also an emotional and moving way to pay tribute to those dear to us whose lives have been cut short by the disease.

“Our participants make Race for Life a truly uplifting, inspiring experience. That’s why we’re calling on women of all ages to sign up now to their event in Barnstaple and pledge to stand together, shoulder to shoulder, on the front line against cancer.”

Women who sign up for 5k and 10k events in January can benefit from a specially reduced fee of £10.

To enter Race for Life today click here or call 0300 123 0770.

To see a gallery of pictures from the 2015 Race for Life, click here.