WIRRAL women are invited to enter this year's Race For Life for Cancer Research UK.

Funds from the Race for Life and Race 10k events - which will be held in Birkenhead Park on Sunday, July 4, at 11am and 2pm respectively - will help the charity continue its life-saving work.

Organisers hope 5,000 women will take part and help raise 186,00.

They also hope 1000 women will sign up for the Race 10k that afternoon and raise 40,000.

The Wirral participants will be among 700,000 taking part in more than 230 events across the UK between May and July. It is hoped that together they will raise a total of 60m.

Helen Wright, the charity's northwest events manager, said: "This year Cancer Research UK's Race for Life is going to be full of amazing moments for everyone - from lining up at the start, side-by-side with thousands of other women, to reading the inspirational 'back-signs' worn by participants to the fantastic sense of achievement from crossing the finish line.

"Women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes take part take part in Race for Life. They motivate and inspire each other to complete the 5k course. Many simply walk round, chatting and having fun but they all share the wonderful atmosphere at the event."

Money generated by Race for Life since it was first held in 1994 has supported Cancer Research UKs work and helped the overall death rate for the disease drop by 15 per cent.

Helen Wright continued: "One-in-three people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives. But the good News is that more people are beating the disease than ever before.

"Cancer Research UKs work is at the heart of that progress. By helping to raise money through Race for Life, our supporters are turning hope into reality."

To enter, visit the website below or call 0871 641 1111.