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Anglesey a non-starter for Colin Jackson charity race in 2014

Published date: 08 May 2014 |
Published by: Tomos Hughes
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A CHARITY run which was launched on Anglesey by Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson last year will not return to the island in 2014.

The Go Dad Run 5k race has this year been moved to three cities across the UK, Cardiff, Birmingham and London, as organisers look to expand the event’s profile.

However, organisers of the male-only race, ran in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, say they hope to return to Anglesey next year as part of a plan to hold the race on the island every alternate year.

A statement from Go Dad Run organisers said: “Go Dad Run were proud to launch and pilot our inaugural 5K for men and boys in Llangefni last year as the project’s founder, Colin Jackson, has a long association with Anglesey and the event organisers, Menter Môn, that dates back to 2004 when he first acted as starter for the local marathon.

“This year, as part of our planned development strategy, we are testing the idea further by staging small Go Dad Run 5K’s in Cardiff, London and Birmingham on Father’s Day weekend, June 14th and 15th.

“If all goes well we hope to expand the number of venues in 2015 and Colin has already confirmed with Menter Mon that we will stage a Go Dad Run event in Anglesey next year and every alternate year there after.

“We wish them well at this very busy time when they are working on their 2014 Walking Festival and look out for the surprising way that they plan to involve Colin in the Walkathon.”

Councillor Aled Morris Jones, Anglesey County Council portfolio holder for economic development, tourism and leisure, said: “Of course we would welcome the race back to Anglesey.

“We support events like this that promote fitness and health, and we look forward to seeing it happen again.”

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