A MEN’S equivalent of the all-female Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK took its first steps in Sheffield on Sunday.
Chase4Life is set to become a permanent fixture on the local calendar after the inaugural 5k event on Father’s Day from Abbeydale Sports Centre.
The run was the idea of 22-year-old Joe Carter, from Woodseats, who is undergoing chemotherapy at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital as he battles cancer for the third time in three years. After being first diagnosed with a brain tumour, the cancer has spread to his spine.
He said: “I want it to be a yearly event just as big as the women’s Race for Life. I want to help out all other cancer patients and families going through the same as me, and also to pay back for my own life being saved.”
Joe, his dad John and Jean Housley set the ball rolling. Jean said: “The response we got was absolutely fantastic. There were around 300 people who took part on the day. And we’re so thrilled that we will be doing it all again on Father’s Day next year.”
Meanwhile, organisers of Cancer Research UK’s 5k Race for Life in Sheffield city centre on Sunday, July 3 are appealing for more women and girls to step forward.
More than 6,000 have already signed up to run, jog or walk the course, but the target is 10,000 after last year’s event, at Don Valley Stadium, attracted 9,099 and raised £403,000.