Run for your lives
THIS weekend's Race 4 Men in Gloucester will be particularly poignant as the man who organised the event for the past four years has lost his fight against cancer.
Great-grandfather Derrick Daley had run the Cancer Research UK race in the county since 2009, so it will be an emotional day for his family.
Derrick passed away at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in the spring, aged 65.
But despite his illness, he completed the 5km race at Plock Court last August with his grandson, Riley Walsh.
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This year, five-year-old Riley will be taking part in the event with his cousins Liam, 15, and George Williams, 13, along with some of Derrick's other relatives.
Hundreds of other men and boys will be lining up – most of them in fancy dress – at the start on Sunday at noon.
There are team and individual heats and all money raised will be donated to the charity. Organisers hope to raise around £20,000 from the day, which is backed by Cheltenham Town Football Club.
Robins chairman Ashley Shepherd said: "You may have heard of the ladies Race 4 Life event, well this event is the male equivalent, so chaps this is your opportunity to show us that you can do as well as the ladies.
"Whether you would like to remember a loved one or raise life-saving funds and awareness, as long as you can run, jog or walk 5k, take part.
"This is a family fun day with many activities for all the family to enjoy. I am a cancer survivor, having been treated for prostate cancer in 2010, and I would love as many people to join us, raising as much sponsorship as you can for this great cause which is making a difference to families across Gloucestershire."
Race 4 Men raised around £40,000 for the charity during Derrick's chairmanship. Register online at www.race4menglos.co.uk or call Sarah on 07843 167767 for more information on taking part.