Bristol Olympian Nick Rose has urged fellow runners to join him at the starting line for the Big Run for the Future on the Downs on September 8.
The former British international track and field athlete said the 5km event – in aid of the Southmead Hospital Prostate Cancer Appeal – was an ideal opportunity for people thinking of entering the Bristol half Marathon the following week (September 15).
Nick said: “Run for the Future is all about having a good time and raising money for a good cause. It’s a great workout for the half marathon and newcomers might appreciate the experience of running as part of a large team rather than on their own or with a few mates before they enter the half marathon.
“It is surprising how good it feels to run with a big field of entrants if you have never done that before.”
The Big Run for the Future on September 8 will help fund research and treatment of prostate cancer at the Bristol Urological Institute based at Southmead Hospital.
Prostate cancer claims the lives of 11,000 men every year in the UK with a further 40,000 being diagnosed. The figures are about the same as those for women with breast cancer but prostate cancer has been dubbed “The Silent Killer” because men so rarely talk about their illnesses.
Former Olympic and Commonwealth competitor Nick is a co-owner of Up & Running Bristol – just down the road from the Run for the Future event on Durdham Downs.
With years of experience advising Bristol’s running community Nick said Run for the
Future will attract serious runners alongside enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.
The first Run for the Future was held in 2006 and over the years around £250,000 has been raised to help prostate cancer work in the city.