BIG blue pants were exchanged in rapid fashion as fundraising relay runners rushed to the finish line at Worcester Racecourse.
The Go Dad Run Big Blue Pants Relay, held on Friday 26 May, saw teams of competitors run down the racecourse’s final furlong – swapping their novelty Y-fronts over their shorts as they went.
After a nail-biting sprint finish, the On On Together team scooped the winning title – closely followed by #WorcestershireHour and The Sanlam Three.
The relay raised more than £550 for St Richard’s Hospice and was a warm-up event for the Go Dad Run at Worcester Racecourse on Sunday 23 July, for which St Richard’s has been chosen as one of the charity partners.
Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s, said: “Thank you to everyone who took part in the relay – they were such great sports. Some found exchanging the big pants quickly quite a challenge!
“A big thank you also to our volunteers collecting around the course, helping to raise money for the hospice – overall it was a really fun and successful event.
“We’re delighted to be a charity partner for the Go Dad Run in July, and we can’t wait to see everyone sporting their big blue pants for good causes.”
Jenny Cheshire, executive director of Worcester Racecourse, said: “The relay was very successful and we are looking forward to the race event in July.”
The third annual Worcester Go Dad Run will see hundreds of men and boys pull on big blue pants over their shorts and run a 5K or 10K around the racecourse to raise awareness of men’s health issues and funds for important charities.
The July event is being organised in partnership with the national Go Dad Run initiative, launched by former Welsh athlete and TV celebrity Colin Jackson CBE.
Along with St Richard’s Hospice, the project is supported by Prostate Cancer UK, Bowel Cancer UK, Orchid and CALM.
Anyone who pledges to raise £75 or more for St Richard’s will win a free place. Enter the code GDR-StRichards17 when registering to redeem the discount.
To register for the run, visit www.strichards.org.uk/event/go-dad-run
Once registered, participants will have the opportunity to sponsor or support St Richard’s Hospice with details available at https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/strichards/godadrun.
The 5K event starts at 10.30am and the 10K run kicks off at 10.40am.
Entry prices are:
Free for boys aged 0 to 9 years;
£11.50 for boys aged 10 to 17;
£16.50 for men aged 18 and over.
£21.50 for men and boys aged 16 and over.
Sanlam is sponsoring the Go Dad Run.
St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,500 patients and family members in Worcestershire.
The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support they can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can.
St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it continue its work.
Find out more at www.strichards.org.uk