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Derek Raises Vital Funds for Go Dad Run Prostate Cancer Charity

Derek Raises Vital Funds for Go Dad Run Prostate Cancer Charity

Father’s Day was a bit more of an effort than usual for Derek this year as he took to the streets of Worcester to take part in a 5km fun run to raise funds for the prostate cancer organisation, Go Dad Run. The brainchild of Colin Jackson CBE, the 1993 and 1999 110 metre hurdles World Champion and former Olympic teammate of Derek’s, the charity raises awareness of and funds for Prostate Cancer UK with a series of races around the country for men and boys above the aged of 11.

Wherever they take place the Go Dad Run races are huge amount of fun, with runners wearing yellow Y-fronts outside their shorts to signify their support. The events have grown in popularity since Colin first staged one in Llangefni, Anglesey in 2013 and Derek first got involved last year when he fired the starting pistol at the Birmingham race.

Colin asked him to become an ambassador for the organisation this year and Derek was happy to oblige in Worcester at the weekend. He lined up with Colin and another old mate, Donovan Bailey, Canadian athlete who took 1996 Olympic 100 metre gold in Atlanta and helped himself to three further World titles during the 1990s.

In the UK, one man dies every hour from prostate cancer and about 1 in 8 men will develop it at some point in their lives. That figure increases to 1 in 4 for men of black Caribbean or black African descent and with Derek and Colin’s own Caribbean heritage that is something that has a big impact on both of them.

Prostate Cancer UK’s work is incredibly important and every penny Derek and Colin can raise is vital.

For more information on how you can get involved or make a contribution, please visit http://godadrun.co.uk/.