A FORMER triple world champion athlete was joined by a fellow Olympic athlete in order to launch the third annual Sanlam Go Dad Run in Worcester.
Colin Jackson, winner of a silver medal in the 110m hurdles at the 1988 Olympic Games formally launched the 2017 event with Jamie Baulch at a photoshoot for Go Dad Run’s local charity partner, St Richard’s Hospice.
This year’s 5K and 10K events will again take place at Worcester Racecourse on Sunday, July 23 when some very special sporting champions will set the runners off and then put medals round their necks when they cross the finish line.
Go Dad Run was created four years ago by Colin after two of his uncles developed the illness and only Tony, who talked about his problems and sought treatment, survived.
When he discovered that one in eight men in the UK will get prostate cancer and one in four men from an African-Caribbean background, Colin decided to do something about it and founded Go Dad Run with a small event in Wales in 2013.
“I’m delighted that we are having our third event in Worcester as we’ve had such great support here in the past, and it is a privilege to be working with St Richard’s Hospice as well as our other four partner charities,” Colin said.
“We are also very grateful to our sponsors, Sanlam UK, Big Yellow Self Storage, PUMA and Wellman as without their collective support we wouldn’t be able to stage these wonderful events.
“And this year we have a new local partnership with the Black Pear Joggers and hope to see lots of their members running around the outside of the track,” he added.
Tricia Cavell, fund-raising director at St Richard’s Hospice said: “The money raised by those running for St Richard’s will support our men’s space group which offers men with a life-threatening illness space to relax and meet others facing similar situations.”
As part of their entry fee the registered runners in the 5K and 10K will all receive chip timing, a PUMA t-shirt, Big Yellow Bag, a medal and a pair of big blue Y-fronts to wear over their shorts as they run.
Early bird registration prices start at £8 and anyone interested can visit www.godadrun.co.uk for more information.