We've got 168 heroes running for us in the London Marathon on Sunday, all of them with very personal reasons for wanting to help us beat the most common cancer in men. We find out who will be on the minds of six of them as they push themselves over 26 gruelling miles.
Brian Basham – running for late friends and men like him
"Having been diagnosed with prostate cancer, I'm surprised to have reached 75 and am saddened that so many friends haven't. Too many have died of cancer and prostate cancer is one of the biggest cancer killers, rivalling breast cancer but much less well funded in terms of research spend. That’s why I’m trying to raise money for prostate cancer research."
Chris Clarke – running for relations and a colleague
"I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014. Fortunately the cancer was contained within my prostate and an operation to remove the prostate has left me cancer-free but with ongoing personal issues. But my motivation for completing the marathon isn't just due to what I’ve been through. It's also for a very special work colleague and my brother-in-law, who are currently fighting their own battles. And also for my sister-in-law, who sadly lost her fight with cancer this month."
Former England and Leeds Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield – running with friend Chris Stephenson (pictured above left)
"I experienced some amazing arenas and atmospheres in my playing career, but running through the streets of London last year for such a worthy charity was right up there. The support was incredible, and it was humbling to run alongside so many incredibly brave people and raise awareness of a brilliant charity that supports many men and their families that I know well. I knew straight away I wanted to return in 2018 to carry on beating the drum because there is still so much to do."
Tim Lopez – running for friends with the disease
"Deaths from prostate cancer have overtaken those from breast cancer for the first time, with a man dying of the disease every 45 minutes. Men's reluctance to talk about health and embarrassing symptoms means there is twice as much research into breast cancer, clearly this needs to change and we're hoping to do our bit. Our hope is we can raise cash and awareness for a hugely important cause."
Prostate Cancer UK’s Seren Evans – running for men and their families affected by the disease
"I’ve met some amazing men during my time at the charity, and I want to dedicate my efforts to them and their loved ones. There are some very special people I’ll be thinking of when I need that extra bit of strength on the day. I see where the money raised goes, and I’m proud of myself, all the runners and our wonderful supporters who get involved in fundraising across the UK throughout the year, who can help make a difference."
Steven Eke – running in memory of his dad
"I decided to run for Prostate Cancer UK because it’s a charity very close to my heart. For 15 years my father battled with prostate cancer and it eventually led to his death."