Father’s Day will have added significance for hundreds of dads and lads who have signed up for the Sanlam Go Dad Run 5K or 10K in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. The 2016 series starts this weekend at Worcester Racecourse (11 June) and Silksworth Sports Complex, Sunderland (12 June) and continues in Ashton Court Estate, Bristol (18 June); Southwark Park, London (19 June); Bute Park, Cardiff (19 June) and Douglas Promenade, Isle of Man (26 June).
The concept is fairly simple. Go Dad Runs are open to fathers, sons, brothers, partners, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and team mates who run 5k or 10k together to help raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer by breaking down any barriers, particularly around communication about the most common form of male cancer.
Here are some worrying stats: 44,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer annually – more than 120 every day; 10,800 men die of the disease every year – more than one every hour; one in eight men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime and 330,000 men are living with it today. Is there any good news? Yes, nearly 85% of those diagnosed early will survive for at least another 10 years.
Go Dad Run ambassadors include Olympic athletes Colin Jackson CBE, Jamie Baulch, Derek Redmond and Donovan Bailey as well as stars from other sports and the media. Entrants in any of the events will receive a Go Dad Run T-shirt and a big pair of Go Dad Run blue y-fronts to wear externally. These items are intended to start what might just prove to be a lifesaving conversation between men and their loved ones – hence our carefully chosen heading!
Entries cost £21.50 for the 10k (18 and over); £16.50 for the 5k (18 and over) or £11.50 for boys aged 10 – 17 in the 5k. Boys under 10yrs may run the 5k free of charge but must be accompanied by a registered over-18 runner.
Full information on the Go Dad Run website