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Colin Jackson launched this year's run

Three time world champion athlete Colin Jackson launched his second annual Sanlam Go Dad Run charity 5K and 10K for men and boys in Sunderland when he supervised some special training sessions at Everyone Active sports centres and visited Go Dad Run's local charity partner, St Benedict's Hospice.

On the morning of Sunday April 2nd the Sunderland Go Dad Run will once again take place at the Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre when Colin, fellow world champion Jamie Baulch, local footballing legend Kevin Ball and The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Sunderland, Councillor Alan Emerson will set the runners off and then put medals round their necks when they cross the finish line.

Registration has is open at with earlybird prices starting at £8, and runners will receive a timing chip and full results service, a PUMA t-shirt, Big Yellow drawstring bag and a pair of big blue Go Dad Run Y'fronts to wear over their shorts.

Go Dad Run was created by Colin in 2013 to encourage men to talk about their health, especially areas that they are often reluctant to discuss and he hopes to see men and boys signing up and taking part from right across the North East on April 2nd.

Colin was also joined by the Mayor of Sunderland at St Benedict's where they met staff and patients and were given a tour of the Hospice.

"I'm thrilled that we are having our second run in Sunderland and it is a great privilege to be working with St Benedict's Hospice as well as our other four partner charities. I was inspired to start Go Dad Run a few years ago when two of my uncles developed prostate cancer and, sadly, only the one who talked about it and sought treatment survived and I was further inspired today when I witnessed at first hand the incredible work that is being carried out at the Hospice.

Prostate Cancer UK have been our lead partner charity for the past five years and we are delighted to now also be working with Bowel Cancer UK, Orchid, who help with men with prostate, penile and testicular cancer and Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) who work to prevent male suicide.

I was very grateful that The Mayor supported us today and it was also great fun to be able to meet runners and their families and friends when they joined me for some special training sessions at the Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre and then later at the Washington Leisure Centre.

Go Dad Run should be a lot of fun and as well as having dads, sons, partners, brothers, cousins, grandads, workmates, neighbours and friends pulling on their pants with pride we'd love to see all the women in their lives there to cheer them on and we are looking forward to a great morning in Sunderland"

The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Alan Emerson, said: “I was delighted to help launch this exciting fundraising project, which uses sport to bring people together to raise both money and awareness of the work done by the charities involved.

“This is certainly an event to capture people’s imagination, and I hope even more dads, sons, uncles, grand-dads even great-grand-dads will sign up for all the training they need to take part.

“My thanks to Colin Jackson all those involved in bringing the Go Dad Go Run back to Sunderland for a second consecutive year, and for helping me to support one of my Mayoral Charities St Benedict’s Hospice which is such an important part of our local community.”

Catrina Flynn, Fundraising Manager for St Benedict's Hospice & Centre for Specialist Palliative Care said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome Colin Jackson and the Mayor of Sunderland, Cllr Alan Emerson to St Benedict’s Hospice to launch the Sunderland Go Dad Run today. We are so excited to be the local charity partner of this increasingly popular event and we are looking forward to being there on April 2nd to cheer the men on!

“Everyone here at St Benedict’s was over the moon to meet Colin and The Mayor and they spent a long time viewing the facilities and chatting to staff and patients. Especially excited were Jayden and Aaron Kitson who are both eagerly training up their dad Kevin to take part in the race and they were dashing off after photos to take part in the training event at Silksworth later in the evening. Kevin’s late wife Donnette was a patient at the hospice in 2013 and the family have been great hospice supporters ever since.”

Other Go Dad Runs will take place in London, Brighton and Hove, Worcester, Cardiff, Norwich and Bristol throughout 2017.

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