WIRRAL women are being urged to make a stand against cancer by signing up for this year’s Race for Life.

Taking place in Birkenhead Park on Sunday, July 21, the Globe-backed event raises much-needed funds for Cancer Research UK.

Laura Taylor, the charity’s North West events manager, said: “Come on ladies, please play your part by entering Race for Life in Wirral. Together, we can hit cancer where it hurts!

"There are over 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all. It’s fighting talk, and we mean every word we say. Cancer, Wirral is coming to get you."

Last year, 3911 women took part in the Wirral Race for Life at Birkenhead Park and raised £173,895.

This year, organizers need 4000 women and girls to stride out to help raise £175,000. The cash is used for advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the North West.

Laura continued: "Women of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of fitness take part in Race for Life.

"They come from different backgrounds and walks of life but they are united by their absolute determination to take on cancer and beat it.

"Race for Life is non-competitive. It’s not about being fit or fast. Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun. Or they can choose to jog, run or even dance around the course if they prefer.

"Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease.

"Participants may be decked out in pink or fancy dress but what’s inescapable is the power and strength that comes from thousands of women joining together to confront cancer.

"Don't be fooled by the tutus and tiaras. Wirral Race for Life is cancer's worst nightmare."

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research but with help from the people of Wirral, the charity intends to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Laura added: "We are very grateful to everyone who took part in Race for Life at Birkenhead Park last year and in the past.

"Thanks to them Cancer Research UK has been able to make progress against many forms of the disease. But the battle against cancer never stops and for this reason we need everyone to return to the fight in 2013 and bring new recruits with them."

To enter Wirral Race for Life go to www.raceforlife.org from Tuesday or call 0845 600 6050.