A Bristol businessman is among the first to register to take part in this September’s Big Run For The Future, which supports the fight against prostate cancer, handing over a cheque for £750 in the process.
John Tiley will run the 5 kilometre course on The Downs, Bristol on Sunday September 8 dressed as a cartoon character called Who Ar Ya, created in association with Bristol illustrator Alex Arnault-Ham.
John is a founder member of What’s Right? A Bristol ethical business networking group, which puts businesses in touch with each other and raises funds for local good causes.
He said: “The Big Run For The Future event has a great deal of resonance with the What’s Right? Group as it is mostly made up of men, who are all around the age where prostate cancer can strike."
“It is wonderful that this run not only raises funds to save so many lives of Bristol men but also raises awareness of the fact that men can be saved if they have a relatively simple test and the cancer is caught early enough."
“Who Ar Ya has been seen pounding along in quite a few charity runs and always gets the crowds chanting and singing!"
John Tiley who works for print and copier business Image Through Quality said the What’s Right? Group would be helping a number of local charities over the next few weeks after a successful year in which members have referred business to each other, with a percentage going into the charity pot.
The registration fee of £15 for adults and £7.50 for children for the Big Run For The Future event goes straight to the Bristol Urological Institute Prostate Cancer Appeal and will help fund operations on Bristol men that are carried out by a specialist robot at Southmead Hospital.
But runners are also encouraged to raise more funds from sponsorship or through donations.
Robin Nash, of Bristol Rotary Club, who are organising the Big Run For The Future said: “Every penny counts so it is fantastic that as well as taking part in the run this group are able to make a large donation.
“We want it to be a fun day so as many people in interesting costumes as can make it along will be welcome. We are restricted to 7,000 entrants so we are calling on people to register early this year to ensure they get a place. It is going to be a great day.”