This Sunday will see me run my first running event since the Great North Run – The Mo-Running 10K at Exhibition Park, Newcastle. It’s the same course as the Newcastle Parkrun, so I am more than comfortable with the terrain and distances.
Personally, the medal is one I’m looking forward to adding to my growing collection, I’ll be sure to post a picture once I get my hands on it.
It’ll be great to get back to running those kind of distances again. Running the Parkrun will have helped but, trouble is, I’ve not been well this week and hardly trained for it, so any form of a quick time is out the window, it’s all about the cause – raising as much money for Movember.
Here’s a quick synopsis of what Movember does:
“The Movember Foundation is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health.
“The Movember community has raised £346 million to date and funded over 800 programmes in 21 countries. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.“The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs. To date, 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide, but we won’t stop growing as long as serious men’s health issues exist.”
I love this charity, you can find out about them on their website here. Last year I attempted to grow a moustache to raise money, I mean, It was awful looking, but it got laughs and donations, but that was the outcome that i wanted. I know how great these guys are with this kind of fundraising, it’s fantastic.
On a personal note, this charity means a lot to me. I’ve never really shared this, other than my parents and Emma. I was too scared to tell anyone else be honest, I didn’t to scare people either, but recently I underwent an ultrasound on my testicles.
I was suffering horrible pains, particularly in my right testicle, and although I couldn’t feel anything abnormal, I still went to my GP to get a complete diagnosis and arranged for me to get a scan. It was scary, I’ll admit that. But I’m sure plenty of men and women have been in my shoes where they think of that horrible ‘C’ when present in front of a doctor. Thankfully though, the nurses there couldn’t see anything wrong and I was given the all clear, relief was just a fragment of how I felt!
I know a lot of guys are scared to go, or they’ll “be fine”, it’s a bloke’s thing isn’t it? Truth is, when it’s something like testicular cancer, you have to man up and front it by getting it checked. I took a step and just called the doctor, they don’t laugh, they are there to help. It is a bit embarrassing at first, I mean your showing your nuts to a stranger almost, but I’d rather they tell me I’m okay than leaving it and losing sleep over it. If you’re unsure, just call your GP.
Men’s health charities like Howay The Nads, Balls To Cancer and Men United, are just a few that I look upon and mean a lot to me and I try to help promote with either a retweet or a share whenever they post stories or how to check your bits and other news items. The help they provide for those who are diagnosed with cancer is second to none, the support, the advice and the caring, it’s fantastic.
Thanks for reading, check your bits and be sure to share.