23rd Oct, 2016

Pershore student laces up for good cause

Evesham Editorial 3rd Jul, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A PERSHORE High School student was one of the men and boys from around the county who rallied together in aid of Prostate Cancer.

Alex Sheppard, 12, took part in the Sanlam Go Dad Run on Sunday, June 14 where hundreds gathered at Worcester Racecourse to raise cash for Prostate Cancer UK.

After completing the run, Alex was presented with his medal by Olympic medallist Colin Jackson CBE.

Alex and the other competitors were joined by three sporting legends, Olympic gold medallist and 100m world record holders Donovan Bailey, World European and commonwealth champion Derek Redmond, and the founder of the 5K event, multiple world, Olympic, European and Commonwealth medallist, Colin Jackson.

He created the event after two of his uncles developed prostate cancer and only one survived.

Colin said: “It was another great Sanlam Go Dad Run 5K and I really want to thank my friends and fellow ambassadors, Donovan Bailey and Derek Redmond for their support. Huge thanks must also go to all our partners and sponsors Sanlam, Big Yellow Self Storage and PUMA who helped put the event together, and, of course, to all the men and boys who signed up and ran today at Worcester Racecourse.

“It was genuinely exciting to see and share their enthusiasm and also to see all the guys talking to each other.

“As well as raising money for Prostate Cancer UK the main reason I created Go Dad Run was to get men thinking about their health and discussing it, so that box was most definitely ticked today.”

The Worcester race was the second of six Sanlam Go Dad Runs being held throughout the country.

Donovan is a big supporter of the project having lost an uncle and grandfather to prostate cancer.

He said: “This event was awesome and is something that has definitely been missing from the charity sporting calendar.

“The guys look great in their big blue pants and the atmosphere was simply amazing.”