Well run, Johnny!

City of York Councillor and Chairman of the Bishy Road Traders’ Association, Johnny Hayes, participated in a Cancer Charity Fun Run after beating the disease himself.

Well known York businessman Johnny, who runs Frankie and Johnny’s Cookshop on Bishopthorpe Road, competed in the male-only ‘R U Taking the P…?’ 5K race at Rowntree Park on Father’s Day in June. He was joined on the day by his son, also called Johnny.

It came three years after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, having been tested when his brother developed the disease. Sadly, his brother died aged 62, but Johnny was successfully treated.

“My brother saved my life” he said. “When you have a scare like that, you realise that life is not a dummy run. I am a lucky man, and I want to give back.”

The ‘R U Taking the P…?’ event chose York Against Cancer as the charity they wanted to benefit from their fundraising efforts in 2016. Set up by Knavesmire Harrier runner, Brian Hughes, after a friend died from prostate cancer, the race is an annual event open to males over the age of 15 and to father-and-son teams where the son is over 11.

In 2016 the race has raised over £13,000 for York Against Cancer and Prostate Cancer Research with the funds being used to support Professor Norman Maitland’s research into prostate cancer at the University of York.