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KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL

Posted on 14 May 2008  - 12:00

The course is set, the footballers are warming up and now it’s time for men to register for their place in the Keep Your Eye on the Ball 5K run taking place on June 1 in London’s Victoria Park.

The course is set, the footballers are warming up and now it’s time for men to register for their place in the Keep Your Eye on the Ball 5K run taking place on June 1 in London’s Victoria Park.The event, organised by the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign along with The FA and The PFA, is being supported by professional footballers including Millwall striker Neil Harris, Derby County’s Alan Stubbs, Notts County’s Adam Tann and Hull City’s Matt Duke.

Everyman patron and testicular cancer survivor Harris said: “Testicular cancer is an issue close to my heart so I will always do my bit to help raise awareness and funds for valuable research into the disease. This year I’m determined to finish higher up the ranking than my fifth place last year. The lads have already started talking about who will win and I’m pretty confident it will be me this year!”

Soccer AM hosts Helen Chamberlain and Andy Goldstein are also behind the event, urging men to get involved in a day that promises to be lots of fun.

“This all-male event gives lads a chance to get together and do something fun, while at the same time supporting a great cause. We all know men like to compete and this run provides a chance to pit man against man and club against club in an FA Cup-style battle,” says Helen.

The fastest individuals and top fundraisers will each be honoured for their achievements and the winning club will be the one that finishes with the best average running time.

As well as professional players and The FA taking part in the event, Barclays Premier League giants are also keen to get their supporters involved.

England team physiotherapist Gary Lewin said: “The run is a great chance for fans to show their support for a team, get active and help raise awareness for male cancer. It’s an event and a cause that all clubs should be involved with and we urge football fans nationwide to put their running shoes on and take part”.

All money raised will go towards funding research into prostate and testicular cancer which affects more almost 37,000 men in the UK every year.

Participants can register for the event on the Everyman website www.everyman-campaign.org or by phoning 0800 731 9468.