With the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon just round the corner thousands will be donning their running shoes in an attempt to get in those last few practice runs. But even if you’re not limbering up this time, there’s still time to get involved and help do your part for a great cause. Cancer scientists from York are appealing for volunteers to help a charity that funds their work.
Professor Norman Maitland and his team at York University’s Heslington campus are encouraging people to get involved and help cheer on runners at the Yorkshire Marathon on behalf of Yorkshire Cancer Research.
The event takes place on Sunday 20 October, starting and finishing at the university, and volunteers are needed to man the route, providing encouragement between 9am and 2pm.
Professor Maitland, Director of the Yorkshire Cancer Research Unit, said: “Volunteering at the marathon is a brilliant way of experiencing the atmosphere of the event and doing your bit for charity at the same time. Many of us have already signed up to volunteer for the event or take part ourselves and we’re really excited to be welcoming runners as they cross the finish line.”
Yorkshire Cancer Research is one of 10 official charity partners who will benefit from the event.
The charity has awarded more than £8m over the past 20 years to Professor Maitland and his team, who carry out research into prostate cancer.
So if you’re ready to wrap up and give a smile to those raising money by taking up the marathon challenge, simply click on the ‘Volunteer Today’ button at the right-hand side of this article and fill in your details. After all, how else would you spend your Sunday?