The Virgin Money London Marathon is watched by millions of people every year. What you wear is more than just a fashion statement, it’s a chance to show the world what you stand for.
10,000 men a year die of prostate cancer. We think this is unacceptable.
We’re looking for runners to join our Men United team and take on the Marathon to help us win the fight against prostate cancer.
For us it's #NotJustAVest.
It’s the difference between life and death.
Join our team now.
At the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon our runners managed to raise over £400,000. As part of Men United they helped make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of men, as well as taking part in an iconic event and making friends and memories that will last a lifetime. Here are just some of the team members, read their stories and find out why it’s #NotJustAVest for them.
“My Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in August 2012, our lives were turned upside down that day. Dad was always fit and healthy and had never had a serious illness in his life, so his diagnosis took us all by surprise. In September we were told he had a very aggressive form of the disease and the cancer itself had spread to his bones. I was due to get married in Italy later that year, but the doctors informed us that there was no way Dad would be able to travel. My fiancé and I rearranged our wedding and brought the date forward so that Dad would be able to walk me down the aisle. Then, after one of his most positive days out of hospital, we noticed Dad’s catheter was not filling up. We drove him back to the hospital to get it checked out, but unfortunately Dad never came out of hospital and passed away with his family by his side on May 3. I had my wedding on May 19, it was one of the hardest things I have ever done, as my Dad means so much to me, and to not have him by my side really hurt. For me it’s #NotJustAVest, it’s an opportunity to remember my Dad and do something good in his name. I wanted to do it for him.”
“I was diagnosed with prostate cancer on 5 April 2013. As an officer in the army I’ve always had to be very fit and aware of my health, and being in my 40’s I never thought prostate cancer could happen to me. I had my prostate removed on 30 May 2013 followed by a course of radiotherapy in July, August and September and I have been on hormone therapy since being diagnosed. I started training for the marathon before I even had a place to try and get back to fitness as soon as I could and to manage the weight gain side effects of the hormone therapy. Being selected to run for Prostate Cancer UK was a huge honour and a cathartic process for me. Running the marathon was hard, I do not think I trained enough but I was never going to give up and when I crossed the line I become very emotional. I wanted to run to say thank you and to raise awareness but it became much more than that for me, I wanted to show people that being diagnosed at 43 is not the end but the start of a whole new chapter!”
“We decided to run the marathon this year in memory of Tony, my husband and Bobbie’s father who passed away from prostate cancer in June 2013. Tony did a lot of work to support Prostate Cancer UK and we wanted to continue his work. He was only 49 when he died and we wanted to raise money to help stop other families going through what we’ve been through. For us, running the marathon was very special. It was #NotJustAVest, it was for Tony.”
When you join our team it’s #NotJustAVest that we offer you, it’s also dedicated training and fundraising support to help you make this an event to remember.
We have training advice and information which will help ensure you achieve the time you want on race day.
We know raising sponsorship can be a daunting process, which is why we’ve created a whole section of our website full of fundraising resources to help you smash your total. From advice on how to raise £2,000 to tips on what to do if you’re raising money two years in a row. These guides will help you on your fundraising journey. We also have a dedicated sports team on hand to help you reach your total.
On top of everything else, we invite all our runners to a post race reception with massages, refreshments and an opportunity to meet the rest of the team.
So, as you can see, on our team it’s #NotJustAVest it’s a whole experience.
If you have any questions please contact our team by emailing email@example.com or call the team on 0203 310 7019.