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Colin Jackson organises charity run in Crystal Palace Park

PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 June 2014

Colin Jackson said the event was

Colin Jackson said the event was "a real success". Picture: Square Elephant Productions

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An inaugral run organised by Colin Jackson took place on father's day to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

Crystal Palace Park hosted the London Go Dad Run 5k fundraiser, for boys and men aged 14 and over.

The run was devised and created by the former athlete after two of his uncles were sadly diagnosed with prostate cancer and just one survived.

It was piloted last year in Anglesey and has now expanded, with other events taking place in Cardiff and Birmingham, and the aspiration is that it will become the male version of Race For Life.

Speaking about the Crystal Palace Park event, Colin said: “It was very good, a real success.

“It brought it home to me that the idea, the concept, was the right one and it’s certainly needed.”

There were around 400 runners on the day who raised £13,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, with more donations still coming in.

“I wanted to be able to raise as much money as I possibly could, and raise awareness of it,” Colin said.

Colin particularly wants to raise awareness of the fact that men of African Carribean descent have a higher chance of developing prostate cancer than Caucasian males.

He said that people had been grateful for his fundraising efforts and had shared their stories of how they had been affected by prostate cancer.

“We are getting these stories from all over the country, people’s personal stories were just incredible.

“People were saying, thank you for this.

“We just want to go bigger and bigger and bigger. We just want awareness of men’s health issues out there, we want men to feel that it’s comfortable to talk about their health issues.”

For more information about other fundraisers please visit godadrun.co.uk.

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