THE deadline for joining one of the area’s popular running events is approaching.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Basingstoke will soon be taking place, and the charity is calling the area’s women to get involved as the cut-off point for accepting entries approaches.

Almost 1,000 women have already signed up to take part in the event, which will be raising money to help Cancer Research UK scientists to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, half marathon and hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding research.

Event manager for Race for Life in Basingstoke, Fiona Miller, said: “We’re calling on the women of Basingstoke to sign up today as their participation and contribution is so important.

“They don’t even need to take part in the events – we’re so grateful if anyone can spare some time to volunteer to help us put the events on. Volunteers make our events run much more smoothly and it’s a great way for the men to get involved.

“Cancer is a disease that affects us all in some way. By taking part in Race for Life, people can come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived.

“By raising money, participants can also support Cancer Research UK scientists to make vital strides forward in research, helping more men, women and children survive the disease.”

The Basingstoke event will take place at Down Grange Sports Complex on Sunday, 17 June.

There are still plenty of spaces available, and entry to sign for the Race for Life closing on Friday, 15 June.

To sign up for either the 5km, 10km, or Pretty Muddy events, go to