Hastings Y-front Run returns
The 28th of September will see the return of the Hastings Y-front Run to Alexandra Park in Hastings in order to raise money for the treatment of male cancers, with male only participants invited to run, walk or jog the 5km around the park. Organisers of the Hastings Y-Front run,Jo Brazier and Hollie Chant want as many men to take part as possible in this local event with the aim of raising awareness and money for male cancer, specifically testicular, prostate, penile, and breast cancer.
It has been described as a ‘male version of the Race For Life’. Race For Life events are held all over the country to raise money for Cancer Research UK and
while anyone can take part it has predominantly female participants. The first Y-front Run was organised by two local fundraisers last September in Alexandra Park Hastings. While last year’s event was a successful one with over 100 participants taking part and an impressive £4000 being raised for Cancer Research UK, the organisation has grown since then with more Y-front Runs happening this summer in Eastbourne, Tunbridge Wells, Ashford, Crawley and Worthing. The ambitions are higher this time with the intention to raise even more money for the three key charities: Cancer Research UK, Balls to Cancer, and the local St Michael’s Hospice.
The Y-front Run has teamed up with FirmBalls 5-aside football league for businesses and professionals who have agreed to support the event for at least three years. If that wasn’t enough they’ve also got the support of their mascot Pantman donning the classic Y-fronts and hoping to get as many men as possible to take part in the event.
The organisers had this to say about the event, “For years, men have been missing out on bringing awareness to their own cancers, and with nothing local for them to take part in, we decided that we would change that. We really want the Y-front Run to become an annual event in their diaries and get the local men together fighting against cancer.”
So men, save the date! Dig out your Y-fronts, wear them with pride and help fund-raise to save lives this September.
By Becca Di Francesco from the Hastings Times