AN area of Taunton turned pink at the weekend as Race for Life returned to the town.

Conditions were ideal for the event at Bridgwater and Taunton College

Money raised will help scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, saving lives as the charity fights back from the impact of the pandemic.

All 400 mass participation Race for Life events across the UK were cancelled last year to protect the country’s health during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, which has been in partnership with Tesco for 20 years, is a series of 3k, 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids challenges that raise millions of pounds every year to help fund crucial research into 200 types of cancer.

This year, participants set off on the Race for Life course either alone or in small, socially distanced groups.

Sophie Green, event manager for Taunton’s race, said: “Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Cancer Research UK’s work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has been at the heart of the progress that has seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years.

“The charity was able to spend over £2million in the South West last year on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.”