THE Race for Life will be returning to Salisbury in June, raising money for Cancer Research UK.

And for the first time ever the race that started more than 25 years ago will be inviting men to take part as well as women.

The event on June 9 offers a series of races including a 5k, 10k and a muddy obstacle course.

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Cancer Research UK’s Salisbury event manager, Vicki Turner, described the event as "fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting", adding: “Taking part in our Race for Life events enables like-minded people to get together and remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those who have survived.

"At the same time, they are helping to make a difference to people with cancer, right now."

Participants who raise money are helping the charity fight around 200 types of cancer.

Vicki added: "We now feel the time is right to open up so that everyone has the chance to participate together.

"This January, we’re urging mums, dads, nans, grandpas, brothers, sisters, friends and workmates to show their support by joining the Race for Life.

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

Sign up before the end of January and get 30 per cent off the entrance price.

For more information or to enter visit the Race for Life website.