POOLE'S Baiter Park hosted the 'Pretty Muddy' charity race on Saturday – and the wet and windy conditions meant it lived up to its name.

The main event, the 5km run, took place in the morning, after youngsters had a chance to tackle the course.

Participants went head-to-head with a number of obstacles, including an A-frame and mud pit, while raising funds for Cancer Research UK.

This event was part of a weekend of Cancer Research UK fundraisers, which included the main Race for Life run on the Sunday.

A Cancer Research spokesman said: "The Race for Life is Cancer Research UK’s biggest series of fundraising events. Taking place across the UK, the events include 5k and 10k routes for participants to walk, jog or run, as well as our Pretty Muddy obstacle events.

"Race for Life started 25 years ago as a women-only event.

"The first event was held in Battersea, in 1994, where 750 participants raised £48,000. Since that point, Race for Life has grown into a series of hundreds of events across the country, raising nearly £500 million towards beating cancer over the last quarter of a century.

"In 2019, for the first time, the Race for Life has opened its doors to men to participate too, making it a truly inclusive event, giving people the chance to come together with their family and friends, and join the movement to beat cancer."

Cancer Research UK funds scientists, doctors and nurses in the fight to beat cancer.

The charity also provides cancer information to the general public.