MORE than £6,000 was raised for the Stars Appeal MRI scanner campaign at this year’s Race for Men.

The event, which took place on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, saw a record turnout with entries up from last year.

Nearly 400 people signed up to take part and just over over 330 runners finished on the day.

Runners could choose to take on the 3k, 10k and half-marathon races.

Race for Men is organised by The Body Lounge Foundation. Over the last three years the event has raised £32,000 for the Stars Appeal’s Prostate Cancer Fund.

Toby Giles, of The Body Lounge Foundation, said “We were absolutely over the moon to be able to present The Stars Appeal a cheque for £6,186.21 that was raised at this years Race For Men.

“We would like to thank everyone who participated, sponsored and supported us this year, without you it wouldn’t be possible.

“To put the event on takes a huge combined effort bringing together so many elements.

“This year undoubtedly was our best event yet with hundreds of runners and spectators enjoying the day, raising money for the Stars Appeal.

“We look forward to officially releasing our early bird sign up details on 1st October and cannot wait to see everyone again on Father’s Day (June 16) 2019.”

Pat Blencowe, the CEO of Blencowe Scaffolding, who sponsored the event, said the business was “delighted” to partner with The Body Lounge Foundation as headline sponsors of Race For Men.

He added: “With a work force of over 100 individuals, heavily dominated by men, we’re proud to be able to support the event to help raise awareness and raise vital funds towards another MRI scanner at Salisbury Hospital, as it will help with the earlier diagnosis of prostate cancer in men.

“Well done to everyone who took part in the event, it was a brilliant day.”

The campaign to raise funds for a second MRI scanner at Salisbury District Hospital hit the £1million earlier this month.

The final push is on to raise the last £500,000 needed to buy the life-saving equipment.

City residents and those from further afield have taken on sporting challenges, asked for donations in lieu of birthday gifts and held special events to raise the money since the appeal began last November.

The second scanner is forecast to help about 10,000 people attending the hospital each year.