On Sunday June 25, 2017 an exciting, fun and eye-catching new charity 10K and 5K event for men will take place in Hove Park.
Three-time world champion athlete Colin Jackson will be bringing his men’s health project, the Sanlam Go Dad Run, to Brighton & Hove for the first time.
Go Dad Run is open to guys of any age and Colin hopes that hundreds of men and boys will pull a pair of big, blue Go Dad Run Y-fronts over their shorts to help raise awareness of men’s health issues and funds for one of Go Dad Run’s five partner charities.
Earlybird registration prices start from just £8 and all registered runners receive a timing chip and full results service, a pair of Go Dad Run Y-fronts, PUMA T-shirt, Big Yellow Drawstring Bag and a medal.
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After a long career as one of Britain’s most successful athletes and having won 21 major championship medals Colin founded Go Dad Run in 2013 when he staged a small 5K run in Wales and this year there will also be events in Sunderland, London, Worcester, Cardiff, Norwich and Bristol.
Colin said: “A few years ago two of my uncles were diagnosed with prostate cancer and sadly only one survived. He was the one who talked about his symptoms and sought early treatment and that had a massive impact on me.
I was shocked to discover that 1 in 8 men in the UK will develop prostate cancer and that rises to 1 in 4 men from a black African-Caribbean background and yet I had hardly heard anyone mention the illness. That was when I decided to create Go Dad Run as a means of encouraging men to talk about those health issues we so often try to avoid.
Go Dad Run is aimed at all men and we’d love to see dads, sons, partners, boyfriends, grandads, neighbours, friends, work colleagues and teammates sign up and take part and it doesn’t matter if you are a serious club runner or would just like to have a jog, wheel or stroll around the park, it is open to all levels.
Prostate Cancer UK is our Lead Charity Partner for the 5th year and we are also very pleased that we have three new National Charity Partners. Orchid who are the UK’s leading charity working in the area of male-specific cancers; The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) who are dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK, and Bowel Cancer UK.
In each area we are also working with one local care-based charity and in Brighton & Hove our partner is the amazing Martlets Hospice who care for people living through a terminal illness in and around Brighton & Hove.
Thanks to the tremendous support of the men, charities, sponsors, partners, ambassadors and volunteers we are beginning to grow around the UK and I’m really looking forward to being in Hove Park on June 25th to meet all the runners at our inaugural event on the South Coast as I know it is going to be a lot of fun!”
Colin will be joined by several Go Dad Run ambassadors in Hove Park and as well as setting the men off on their runs they will all be waiting at the finish to put the medals around the necks of the runners after they cross the line.
Among those already confirmed as attending with Colin are six time world swimming champion Mark Foster, double world athletics champion Jamie Baulch and Royal Ballet soloist and Dancing with the Stars judge Fernando Montano. A number of other major sporting champions will also be announced in the coming weeks.
All the money raised in sponsorship by the runners goes directly to the charity they choose to support and details about how to do that are explained at the end of the online registration process.
To find out more about how you can get involved as a runner, sponsor or volunteer with the brand new Brighton & Hove Go Dad Run in June, contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow all their news on Facebook and Twitter.
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