Local resident Stuart Green has lined up a series of challenges throughout 2020 all with the objective of raising funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK.
Figures recently released reveal the number of men dying from this awful disease is at an all time high in the UK, with 12,000 cases in 2017. 48,000 men a year are diagnosed and it is the most common cancer among men. Diagnosis and survival rates are improving all the time and Prostate Cancer UK pushes hard for improved treatments and understanding of the disease.
Stuart’s challenges for the year ahead begin in April, with the Regents Park Half Marathon, soon followed by the Outlaw Half Triathlon in May. The half ironman is held at Nottingham’s Holme Pierrepont with a 1.2 mile swim in the regatta lake, a 56 mile bike ride across Nottinghamshire and finishes with a 13.1 mile run.
The third event of the year is where it really starts to get tough, a 145 mile bike ride from Sheffield to Amsterdam. This is an event organised by Prostate Cancer UK under the banner of “Football to Amsterdam”. The charity says, “Prostate cancer kills 1 man every 45 minutes – that’s two men during a football match – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Leave your rivalries on the pitch and help stop prostate cancer being a killer.”
Stuart will be riding with the “Forest2Dam” team, a group of mainly Nottingham Forest Supporters, who have had great success in previous years on the ride – last year raising £37k for Prostate Cancer. Their collective target this year is £50k and they’re well on their way towards this.
Next up, Stuart is hopeful for a place on “Ride London” in August, a 100 mile bike ride on the famous 2012 Olympic route, which some 25,000 participants will take part in, starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It’s a ballot entry with results due soon so watch this space.
Finally the year is rounded off with the big one – the Brutal Triathlon in September. This is another half ironman, but with the twist – the final stretch of the run finishes with a trip to the top of Snowdon and back. The swim will be in the chilly Lake Padarn at Llanberis and the bike route will take in the demanding hills and stunning scenery of Snowdonia. The event is the culmination of the years efforts and will push him to the limit.
Of the challenges in the year ahead, Stuart says, “Cancer affects almost everyone, with many members of my family lost to this awful disease. The more that can be done to raise funds for research and support to families suffering the better. These challenges are my way of helping to do this and I’d love any support I can get”.
Stuart is looking for sponsors from members of the community and local businesses. His jersey will have space on it for logos of any businesses that do support him which will be seen at all events and during training in East Leake. If you wish to find out more please see his Just Giving campaign page and the “Forest2Dam” team page online at: