Put on your Y-fronts and run!

MEN are being urged to put on their trainers - and optional Y-fronts - in readiness for a male version of Race for Life.

The pink-themed annual fundraising event in aid of Cancer Research UK has become a popular fixture in the Hastings calendar, with thousands of women joining in and raising around £100,000 in sponsorship every year.

Now it’s the men’s turn, two fundraisers in Hastings have decided.

Jo Brazier and Hollie Chant are organising the run in conjunction with Cancer Research UK.

Jo explained: “We did Race for Life this year and said it was a shame that there was nothing like that for men.”

Like its female counterpart, the course will be 5km around Alexandra Park and participants can either run, jog or walk.

Jo, of New Style Events which runs charity events, says the emphasis at Y Front Run will be ‘to have fun’.

Men taking part are encouraged to wear a pair of Y-fronts, decorated if they wish, over the top of their running gear.

It takes place on September 29 with a warm-up session at 10.30am ahead of an 11am start. Entry costs £9.99, £7 of which will go directly towards research into men’s cancers.

Chloe Williams, local fundraiser for Cancer Research UK, said: “Women have their event and now we are looking for men to get involved and have fun while raising money for Cancer Research UK.”

She hopes the event will also help raise awareness of men’s cancers and encourage people with symptoms to seek medical help. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK.

Organisers want at least 300 men to take part and urge anyone interested to sign up soon. For more information visit www.facebook.com/pages/Y-Front-Run-Hastings/174116859436318 or phone 07778 407811.