Get your running shoes out for charity

20th December 2016

It’s back! York Against Cancer is once again teaming up with a major charity race that last year raised thousands for cancer awareness and research.

Brian Hughes, the man behind York’s hugely successful  R U Taking the P? annual 5K run, is joining forces with us for the second time to stage the fundraising event in Rowntree Park on Father’s Day 2017.

The 2016 males-only race made more than £7,000 for the prostate cancer research conducted by Professor Norman Maitland at the University of York, and the same again for York Against Cancer’s work in cancer care, education and research.

Our General Manager Julie Russell joined Brian Hughes at the York HQ of Aviva UK Life to hand over a cheque to Professor Maitland and launch the 2017 event.

Dave Harper, Change & IT Director at Aviva, is a prostate cancer survivor and a major supporter of RUTTP?  He arranged access to the building for the photoshoot and is urging men to get behind the cause again this year.

“Having had prostate cancer and living through the treatment, I think the run gives men something positive to do – it’s a real act of defiance, and with the name being  a bit risqué,  it also gets people talking. It’s a call to arms for men over 50 to get the test.”

Julie said she had been thrilled with the success of RUTTP? in 2016 and looked forward to an even more successful run in 2017, while Brian said the race had raised a total of £112,000 in the seven years of its existence and was going from strength to strength.

He called for as many men as possible to turn up for the race on Father’s Day, 2017. “You can run it, walk it, crawl it,” he said. “It’s only three miles, five kilometres, and afterwards we all go to the local pub and have a pint that’s been specially brewed for the race.”

Prof Maitland said donations like that raised by the RUTTP? race were very important to his research work seeking the next generation of treatment for prostate cancer.  “Research is very expensive and I don’t think people know how much it costs…but a long-term treatment that would allow men to live with their cancer would be a real boon to society.”

Entries open in January for RUTTP? 2017. Please watch York Against Cancer’s website for more information.