CIRENCESTER women are being encouraged to double their distance this year by signing up to Race for Life’s new 10 kilometre route around Cirencester Park this July.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a five and 10 kilometre event series for females only, which raises millions of pounds to help fund life-saving research.

This year, a new 10k route has been introduced for women who are looking to double their challenge and start training right now. Event organisers are urging women to sign up as soon as possible as well as encouraging their female friends and family members too.

Race for Life’s area events manager Kelly Rumble said: “We are calling on ladies in Cirencester and the surrounding areas that have already taken part in the five kilometre event and need an extra challenge. Also women who have never entered before because they thought five kilometres wasn’t long enough.”

Last year, 1,340 women took part in Race for Life in Cirencester and raised £76,321. This year organisers want 1,500 women and girls to take part and smash the £90,000 barrier.

“Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease,” Kelly added. “There are over 200 cancers. We won’t give up until we find cures for them all.”

To enter Cirencester’s Race for Life on Sunday, July 20 click here