On 17th August 2019, Trail Snails Bingley will host the Live Long and Prostate Virtual Race. WHAT IS THIS? I hear you cry. So, I’m going to hand you over to Janet, who is the inspiration behind this event, and let her tell you all about it…
“You might have seen posts about ‘Live Long and Prostate’ on Trail Snails Bingley’s Facebook pages and wondered what it is all about. It’s a run, or walk, – any distance, whatever works for you – to raise awareness of prostate cancer and much needed funds for Prostate Cancer UK. But we also intend to have fun at the same time!
The idea came about from a recent Yorkshire Post interview I was asked to take part in. Our fantastic super-sleuth leader, Sam, saw the article and decided to organise this event. Since then we have learned many of our group have family members or friends affected by prostate cancer so we hope we can make it a really successful event.
My connection with Prostate Cancer UK comes from nine years ago when my husband died from prostate cancer. Since then I’ve been volunteering with them in many roles, including one-to-one telephone support, running information stands and giving awareness talks.
They all make a difference, but I never expected nine years on there would still be a need to do this.
Traditionally men haven’t talked about health issues as openly as women often do. Prostate Cancer UK believe this needs to change and so we attend workplaces, football matches, golf clubs, pub quizzes, walks and cycle rides. In fact, anywhere we can raise awareness, and often in a fun way – so this event completely fits with this ethos. When I was first involved we were mainly talking about men dying from the disease, whereas now we are more likely to be talking about ‘living with and after’ and quality of life issues. We also now have many more treatments to extend and improve quality of life.
But although lots of progress has been made, we are still losing far too many men, too soon, often due to late diagnosis. Many men and their loved ones don’t know their individual risk factors and aren’t always checked in time for early intervention, hence the need for events such as this, to raise awareness and funds.
On the morning of Saturday 17 August a group of Snails, friends and relatives will run or walk around the Bingley area. We’ve not finalised details yet but plan to finish at a local hostelry with food for those who want to stay and socialise. Once we have confirmed details we’ll let you know. But we know that many people want to join in around the country and so to facilitate this, we opted for a virtual race so YOU too can get involved. You can choose your own distance and when you want to walk or run – anything that works for you is good for us. All you need to do is complete your walk or run, and let us know, then your medal will be in the post to you.
The cost is £12 and all funds raised go directly to Prostate Cancer UK.
So please join us if you can, for a fun day which will help to make a real difference.
About prostate cancer:
• Over 400,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer in the UK, emphasising the
need to raise awareness and funds.
• More than 11,500 men die from prostate cancer in the UK each year – that’s one man every
45 minutes. It’s the third biggest cancer killer.
• Prostate cancer is set to become the most commonly diagnosed cancer of all in the UK by
2030 – which is why we must all act now to curb its power to kill.
• Men over 50, black men and men with a family history of prostate cancer all face a higher
than average risk of the disease.
• Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer may contact Prostate Cancer UK’s Specialist
Nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383 or online via the Live Chat instant messaging service: www.prostatecanceruk.org The Specialist Nurse phone service is free to landlines and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday with late opening until 8pm on Wednesdays.”
Thank you Janet. If you want to help beat Prostate Cancer, then join us on the 17th August. Entries here:
And please have a read of Janet’s story which was recently published in the Yorkshire post: