A fitness instructor flash mob will be getting Carlisle city centre moving tomorrow.

Organiser Nicola Roberts and her colleagues from local fitness group Mokyfit will be spurring on Saturday shoppers to throw some shapes to promote next month's Race for Life.

The annual Bitts Park race event, which takes place on July 14, is a major fundraising event for Cancer Research UK.

And for the first time this year, the race is open to men, women and children.

Ahead of next month's run, Nicola and her team are keen to spread the word as widely as possible, and will gather at the city' market cross at 2pm tomorrow to do so.

“We are keen to get more people signed up to Race for Life Carlisle and to support such a worthwhile cause,” she said.

“We love the focus on family fun and Race for Life promises to be a fantastic atmosphere again this year.

“The flash mob is a great way to promote the event and we are throwing out the challenge to shoppers who fancy a quick blast of fun fitness in the city centre." Having two left feet is no excuse not to join in, with Nicola and her team providing all the instruction required to get moving.

“We will take shoppers through the dance moves which are simple to follow. Just come along and have a go – we promise you’ll enjoy yourselves.

“No one cares if you do a wrong step – we laugh it up by freestyling."

The Race for Life event, which comprises a series of runs of different lengths and across different terrains, raise millions of pounds each year for the UK's leading cancer research charity.

“Race for Life is a very special event and we’ll be joining the hundreds of other walkers and runners on Sunday 14 July," Nicola added.

"Many of us have been touched by cancer in some way and I’d encourage anyone and everyone to get involved.”

The energetic efforts of Nicola and her team have been praised by Cancer Research UK.

Anna Taylor, spokeswoman for the national charity in the north west, said she was very grateful to Mokyfit for their support.

“By following their lead, and joining the Race for Life, people in Carlisle can make a real difference in the fight against cancer.

"Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists and doctors find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.

“Our Race for Life events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. You don’t need to be sporty to take part.

"You don’t have to train, and you certainly don’t need to compete against anyone else.

"It’s a perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer.

“By taking part in Race for Life and raising money for research, our participants play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into better treatments for patients in Carlisle and across the UK.”