The lockdown restrictions failed to dampen your sporting spirit this year. Next year will be no different.
Marchers, runners and cyclists collectively raised over a million pounds through virtual fundraising challenges sweated out in streets, parks and backroads across the UK in 2020.
Back in March, new lockdown restrictions stopped us meeting in person, and all of our major fundraising events were postponed indefinitely. But that didn’t stop you. Many supporters invented new challenges, there were marathons around back gardens and marches around home towns. Then in the summer, inspired by the ideas and tenacity of our supporters, we launched a series of month-long challenges…
🚴 August saw 863 cyclists taking on 100 miles their way.
🚶 September saw 2,509 marchers taking 11,000 steps a day.
🏃 October saw 1,510 runners smashing 50 miles through the month.
💰 We're so proud to say that together, we've raised over a million pounds to fund the life-saving research that will keep men with their families.
In January 2021, we want you to join the ranks with Run the Month: Marathon Edition.
Here’s a runner, a cyclist and a marcher to show us how it’s done, and how it’s fun.
Pedalling for dad
Our 863-strong Cycle the Month team used pedal power to stack up an incredible £245,599. Asif Chowdhury was one of them, saddling up in memory of his father.
He helped raised over £4,300 – a little more than his £300 target! – and clocked up 25 miles each weekend in August to mark the one-year anniversary of his father’s death to the disease.
“My dad was such a positive man, and I know he would have been tickled pink at me doing the challenge,” said Asif.
I could honour my dad, enjoy the summer with friends, push myself, see London and raise funds. I was blown away by the support.
“I’m a fair-weather cyclist and have never done 100 miles in a month or raised money for charity. But Cycle the Month ticked so many boxes and seemed like the best way I could honour my dad, enjoy the summer with my friends, push myself, see all bits of London and raise some much-needed funds. I was blown away by the support.”
Marching for Jerome
“My message to anyone thinking about taking part in March the Month is don’t even think about it, just get involved.”
Losing her beloved husband Jerome to prostate cancer in February changed Donna Carr’s outlook on life, and in September she marched in his memory along with 2,509 others.
“Jerome was, and still is, the love of my life, she added. “He was only 61 years old when he passed away in February 2020. That’s why I took part in March the Month – to raise a lot of money in his memory.”
September was our third annual March the Month and this year our walkers strode their way to £293,850.
Running in the family
We raised £462,349 in October’s Run The Month as 1,510 supporters pounded parks and pavements across the UK.
Phoebe Burley and her family – made up of Christine, Jane, Rach and Ruth and daughters Hannah and Natalie - tackled the challenge and celebrated the life of their dad/grandad, who died from the disease in 2018.
The family running team, named ‘Team Grumps - not fast but furious’, raised over £3,000 by chalking up the miles together virtually, with Jane and Natalie running in Lancashire, Ruth and Hannah in Staffordshire, Rach in London, Phoebe in Wiltshire and Christine running from across the continent in Turkey.
Phoebe said: “As a family we will continue to support Prostate Cancer UK and back the development in research into the disease. We’re grateful for this challenge as it brought the family together in such strange times and gave us the opportunity to reminisce about our dad/grandad.”
Your New Year’s Resolution… Run The Month: Marathon Edition
Run the Month: Marathon Edition is a virtual challenge for runners everywhere, of all abilities. Throughout January, we’re challenging supporters to run 26.2 miles their way, whether it’s a mile at a time or two half marathons throughout the month. However you choose to clock up the miles, every step will help save men’s lives. Sign up today.