A NEW date has been announced for Cancer Research UK's Race for Life in Salisbury.

The event on Hudsons Field, which includes 5k and 10k distances, had been due to take place on June 7 but will now be held on Sunday, August 16.

Participants who had already signed up for the Race for Life event in June can transfer their entry to the new date. Entries are also open for more people to join at raceforlife.org

Georgina Horne, Cancer Research UK event manager for Salisbury, said: “We’re sending a heartfelt message to everyone to seize the opportunity and come join us to Race for Life in Salisbury in August.

“As the coronavirus outbreak continues to unfold, we are listening to the advice and guidance of the UK Government carefully.

“While our priority is ensuring that people affected by cancer get the support and information they need during unprecedented times, we’re having to work quickly to understand the impact the pandemic will have on Cancer Research UK’s fundraising.

“We have urgently reviewed our events, including Race for Life. As the safety of our supporters, volunteers, suppliers and staff across the hundreds of Race for Life events due to take place in 2020 is incredibly important we have made the decision to postpone the events scheduled in May, June and July.

“We hope men, women and children will unite against cancer and make Race for Life Salisbury in August the best yet. Together we can beat cancer.

“Since it began, Race for Life has raised over £890m for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who has taken part and hope their support will continue throughout this time.”

Money raised through Race for Life helps to make long-term research and pioneering trials possible, leading to new tests and kinder treatments, which could save the lives of more men, women and children across the South West.

For more information, visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.