Here’s the chance for men to become real charity superheroes.
Go Dad Run is recruiting runners to take part in an event as it makes its debut in Sunderland, with competitors to wear their pants over their clothes as they tackle their course.
Men and boys are being invited to take part in a 5k or 10k route starting from Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre on the morning of June 12.
The event is being backed by Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson, who has teamed up with Prostate Cancer UK to hold a series of the Sanlan Go Dad Runs, encouraging family, friends and colleagues to come together to take part.
Launched in 2013, Go Dad Run is the brainchild of the former triple world champion and Olympic 110m hurdles silver medallist, who created it after two of his uncles suffered with prostate cancer.
It is hoped the events will emulate the success of the all-women Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK.
I plan to be there on June 12 to set the men and boys off on their runs and look forward to it being a very special day.Colin Jackson
The Wearside event is being supported Everyone Active, who manage the Silksworth centre on behalf of the council, with the company’s staff from across the region also being encouraged to join in.
All registered runners will receive a full chip timing service, with a team competition to and free entry for all boys under the age of 10 who run with a registered adult.
Competitors will get a t-shirt and blue Go Dad Run y-fronts to wear over their shorts, with those who finish the run to get a sports bag and a medal.
Colin is aiming to build on the £50,000 raised for the charity to date and help the fight back against a disease that kills one man every hour in the UK.
He said: “I’m excited to continue our relationship with Prostate Cancer UK because it is a charity that is very close to my heart and I am especially pleased that we have a major new event in Sunderland, our first in the North East.
“We are delighted to be working closely with the staff and members at Everyone Active and welcome them to the Go Dad Run team.
“I plan to be there on June 12 to set the men and boys off on their runs and look forward to it being a very special day.
“By bringing together dads and sons, brothers and cousins, neighbours, workmates and friends who are willing to get involved in a run and play their part in the fight against prostate cancer we hope that we can have a positive effect on their lives and health.”
Sunderland’s 5k will set off at 10am, priced £16.50 for men 18 years and over, while boys aged 10 to 17 pay £11.50 when entering at the same time as an adult.
Boys up to the age of nine do not need to register or pay and can collect their number on the day if accompanied by an adult.
The 10km event begins at 10.15am and is priced £21.50 for men and boys aged 16 and over.
Places can be registered via www.godadrun.co.uk.
The centre will also be running gym challenges and free classes on the day for those who are going along to support their friends and family.
For more details contact the centre 03330 050152 or visit www.everyoneactive.com.