The Downs will be a sea of blue for charity run

Friday, 15 August 2014

Hundreds of runners, joggers and walkers will be taking to the Downs in September wearing eye-catching blue wigs to promote prostate cancer awareness in Bristol.

The annual Run for the Future is taking place on Sunday, September 14 and this year organisers have introduced the fun headwear in an attempt to develop an image for the run.

Helping to promote the run is Miss Bristol 2014 Naomi Dunbar, who said: “Run for the Future is a fantastic Bristol event and we want to make as big a splash as possible to raise awareness of the disease and raise funds for the Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead Hospital.

“Prostate cancer actually has the same fatality rates as breast cancer but we don’t hear so much about it. Race for Life uses pink to promote their run so we thought the blue wigs would look great and represent this important male issue.

“Everyone who signs up to take part in the 5K fun run will receive a special t-shirt and their wig to wear around the course. We’re really hoping that people have a great fun day as well as raising vital funds.”

The 5k fun run is open to all ages and abilities and is being backed by both Naomi and TV personality Noel Edmonds.

The event will also feature stalls to browse and local bands will be providing entertainment.

Refreshments will also be available and local businesses have donated prizes to the popular raffle, including the use of a BMW Z4 for a weekend from Dick Lovett and Afternoon Tea on Weston Pier.

Steve Le Fevre and Ali Vowles from the BBC will be compering the event and families and supporters will be able to join in and cheer on their runners, while enjoying the great atmosphere on the Downs.

Organised by Bristol Rotarians, Run for the Future has raised over a quarter of a million pounds in the past nine years, which has gone towards funding treatment and research at Southmead Hospital as well as ground-breaking research in collaboration with Bristol University and University of the West of England.

Research includes ways of identifying aggressive forms of the cancer and developing technology of minimally invasive surgical instruments in prostate cancer treatment. The funding has also allowed the acquisition of equipment to detect and count cancer cells in blood samples which can allow treatments to be started earlier. 

Director of the Bristol Urological Institute and Consultant Urologist, Professor David Gillatt said:

“Run for the Future has not only raised vital funding for prostate cancer research in Bristol but has also done a great job of raising awareness of this little talked about disease.”

People can register for this year’s event by going to www.runforthefuture.org.uk