ORGANISERS of Wigan’s annual men’s charity fun run are hoping the success of the town’s recent 10k race will inspire more people to take part in their event at the weekend.
Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue has added her support to the Wigan Rotary Club’s Run 4 A Life which takes place on Sunday.
The fund-raiser, now in its ninth year, will this time involve a 5km course around the DW Stadium area instead of Haigh Hall. All profits will be donated to the local Men Matter Appeal charity which funds men’s cancer research at The Christie hospital.
Rotary President Terry Hogan said: “We are delighted to receive the support of Yvonne and we believe that this year’s Run 4 A Life will be the best yet. The course is just over three miles and is a family event for people to run, jog or walk.
“We hope as many as possible will get behind this and help us raise as much money as possible. While we are delighted to hear of stories such as Billy Connolly who are successfully treated for prostate cancer, it is a sad fact that one man dies every hour in the UK from the disease. Yet only about half the money is spent on research into all men’s cancers as against women’s cancers.”
Ms Fovargue said: “After the success of the inaugural Wigan 10K, Wigan has got the running bug so I hope that as many people as possible participate and raise lots of money for men’s cancer research.”
Meanwhile, there will be a number of old regulars taking the course too. David Jones runs every year and is always proud to come in last place because in doing so, he generates plenty of sponsor money.
He has acquired plenty of support already this year by writing to past and present sufferers of prostate cancer and on Tuesday night told his story to members of the past players association at Manchester City during the game against Latics.
One celebrity who has given extra backing this year is author Jeffrey Archer who has sponsored David after receiving a letter from him telling him about the charity.
Entries can still be made online at www.run4alife.com or ring 07813 471000 for more information. You can also enter on the day.