What is The Sanlam Go Dad Run?
Go Dad Run is a series of 5K and 10K runs for men and boys to raise awareness of and funds for important men's health charities.
Go Dad Runs are open to all men and boys of any age, and we hope that lots of fathers, sons, brothers, partners, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and teammates will join us and take part.
And, of course, mums, wives, girlfriends and sisters all have a big role to play in getting the men in their lives to sign up and then supporting them on the day!
The project is being rested in 2018 but will return in 2019 so please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates and information.
Why I created Go Dad Run, by Colin Jackson, CBE
Throughout my long athletics career it became second nature for me to listen to my body and regularly check it for illness or break down, but we know that the vast majority of men fail to do this.
Sometimes this is due to embarrassment, often because of a lack of knowledge or even a misplaced macho attitude that resists going to see a doctor!
A few years ago two of my uncles developed prostate cancer and although one responded to treatment and is now fit and well again the other was less fortunate and, sadly, passed away. That prompted me to find out more information about the illness and I was shocked to discover that whilst 1 in 8 men in the UK will develop prostate cancer, that actually rises to 1 in 4 men from an African Caribbean background.
Go Dad Run’s supporters who have attended the 5K’s or associated events since Colin Jackson founded the project in 2013 have included the following...
Colin’s actress sister Suzanne Packer, a regular cast member of Casualty 2003 - 2015, six time World swimming champion Mark Foster, former England goalkeeper David Seaman, fashion designer Elizabeth Emanuel, former World and Olympic 100m champion Donovan Bailey, World Indoor 400m champion and Olympic silver medalist Jamie Baulch, 2012 Olympic boxing champion Anthony Joshua, soul singer Mica Paris, double Olympic Decathlon champion Daley Thompson, double Olympic swimming gold medalist Rebecca Adlington, World 4 x 400m champion Derek Redmond, Royal Ballet soloist Fernando Montano, European and Commonwealth Games 200m silver medalist Christian Malcolm, Welsh Rugby Union stars Martyn Williams, Tom Shanklin and Ian Gough, singer-songwriter Dan Olsen, TV presenter Nick Hancock, England, Warwickshire bowler Gladstone Small, Olympic silver medalist diver Leon Taylor, World Indoor 200m champion and World 4 x 400m gold medalist John Regis, ITV weather presenter Sian Lloyd and World Indoor 200m gold medalist and Olympic 4 x 100m champion Marlon Devonish.