A special event which will see teams of men running in big blue pants will take place next month at Worcester Racecourse.
The Go Dad Run Big Blue Pants Relay Race – which is being supported by St Richard’s Hospice – will take place on Friday 26 May.
The hospice is looking for ten teams of three; teams will sprint along the final stretch of the racecourse, exchanging their big pants in relay; entry is £45 per team plus an online booking fee with a race start time of 6.30pm between the second and third races.
The event is ahead of the main Go Dad Run event, which is taking place at the same venue on Sunday 23 July.
Offering both a 5k – starting at 10.30am – and a 10k run – kicking off at 10.40am – the July Go Dad Run event is being organised in partnership with the national initiative, launched by former Welsh athlete and now TV celebrity Colin Jackson CBE.
Registering ahead of the early bird deadline on Saturday 22 April – using code GDR-StRichards17 – will result in a discount; boys aged 0 to 9 years can enter for free, £8 for boys aged 10 to 17 years and £13 for men aged 18 and over.
Alternatively, by pledging to raise £75, participants have the chance to win one of 50 free places.
The 10k early bird discount fee is £16.50 for both men and boys aged 16 years and over; full entry fees for both races will apply from Sunday 23 April.
These are :
Free for boys aged 0 to 9 years;
£11.50 for boys aged 10 to 17;
£16.50 for men aged 18 and over.
£21.50 for men and boys aged 16 and over.
This will be Worcester’s 3rd annual Go Dad Run event.
The purpose behind the initiative is to raise awareness of men’s health issues and funds for important charities; along with St Richard’s Hospice, the project is supported by Prostrate Cancer UK, Bowel Cancer UK, Orchid and CALM.
Once registered, participants will have the opportunity to sponsor or support St Richard’s Hospice with details available at https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/strichards/godadrun.
Trisha Cavell, Fundraising Director at St Richard’s Hospice said: “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 getting men to think about their minds and bodies, we hope that events such as Go Dad Run can have a positive effect on their lives and health.”
Keith McCabe will be taking part in the July event; the money he raises will go towards St Richard’s Hospice.
Keith, aged 45 years old, is running the race for his father, Randolph McCabe.
Randolph, aged 70, was diagnosed with oesophagus cancer last year in June; after a successful operation, he has now been given the all clear and continues on his road to recovery.
Keith decided to raise funds for the hospice after finding out about hospice care through his local charity shop in St Swithun’s Street in Worcester.
He explained : “Most people raise funds for a particular charity because they have been touched in some way by the services they provide. My story is somewhat different! St Richard’s has a real place in the community and living so close to one of its stores, I have seen first-hand how important volunteers, donations and the goodwill of local people all are to continuing the fantastic work the hospice provides.”