FOR the first-time Basingstoke youngsters will take on an exciting obstacle course to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Down Grange Sports Complex will act as host to the town’s first Pretty Muddy Kids event.

This new race, which will see boys and girls scramble through nets and bounce on space hoppers, will be part of the Race for Life family of events which includes the traditional 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy courses, where thousands of women take part.

By taking part in Pretty Muddy Kids, children can have fun with friends and help raise valuable funds to beat cancer sooner at the same time.

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

Fiona Miller, Cancer Research UK’s Basingstoke event manager, said: “We can’t wait to bring Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids to the town for the very first time.

“The obstacle course promises plenty of fun, thrills and spills and we hope children will rally their friends, family and schoolmates to sign up and make a splash for Cancer Research UK.

“Race for Life events are not competitive, and children can complete the Pretty Muddy Kids course at their own pace - climbing, jumping, walking and laughing their way around.

“Whether they plan to wade their way through the mud or make a big splash, every muddy step they take will help to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”

Pretty Muddy Kids will take place on June 16, and all the money raised from the event will go towards the charity which spent more than £35 million last year in the south east on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research - helping more men, women and children survive.

The event is open to boys and girls aged from five to 12-years-old and there is a minimum height requirement of 1.2 metres and entry costs £10. For more information, go to or call 0300 123 0770.