“My dad was the reason for taking up running, but sadly he’ll never know.”

By 4th May 2021

Tim Ballard was inspired to pull on his running shoes for the first time after his dad devastatingly passed away from prostate cancer on his 64th birthday. Now, more than a decade on, he runs four to five times a week and has completed more marathons than he can count. Who will inspire you to take on the Brighton Marathon for Prostate Cancer UK in 2021?  

Join our team and you’ll be helping to stop the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK. Your support will make a real difference to the lives of men and their families affected by prostate cancer.  

My dad was the reason for taking up running, but sadly he’ll never know.

He found out about his prostate cancer far too late, after it had already spread to the spine. He was 59, and died five years later, on his birthday.

Before he had cancer, he had diabetes as well. He didn’t do a huge amount of exercise, except for a bit of gardening.

His experience made me want to spend more time looking after my own health and fitness. Joining the local running club was the first thing I did, and it went from there really.

Now, I’ve run marathons, the Saltmarsh 75 and a two-day 75 mile ultra-marathon –  where I finished first. During lockdown I wanted to do something different, so I ran the virtual London Marathon up and down a hill in my home town.

I think about my dad every time I run. And I now know I’m more likely to get the disease too because of the family risk.

“I want to continue raising awareness and running for Prostate Cancer UK because their work funding vital research into early detection and treatments really could save thousands of lives, like mine.” 

Feeling inspired? Join runners like Tim in our team at the Brighton Marathon 2021 and we’ll support you every step of the way. You’ll receive loads of fundraising tips, a running top and all the encouragement you need to reach the finish line on the day – where we’ll be waiting to celebrate with you.

Even better, you’ll be helping to stop a disease that kills 11,500 of our dads, uncles, grandads, brothers and mates every single year. Men like Tim and his late dad need you.


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