On Saturday 21st November, 70 men (and a few women) braved the cold wintry weather in Stornoway, to take part in the annual Hebridean Mens Cancer 5K. The event was organised by the NHS Western Isles’ Health Promotion Department and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Sports Development Officer.
As well as individuals and teams taking part, this year’s event also attracted fathers and sons (and even grandsons!), alongside a number of women who also took part dressed as men – all helping to raise funds for local individuals, and their families, that have been touched by male cancers. Those not sporting a home-grown moustache were offered a fake one to wear to raise awareness further of the Movember campaign. This national campaign encourages men to grow moustaches for the month of November to highlight the issue of male cancers.
Michael MacMillan from Stornoway took overall first place with a time of 17 minutes 50 seconds. The first female was Kirsty Brown, who along with the ‘118 118 Marshalls’, received a trophy for taking part.
To date, around £1200 has been raised for the Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support Group, and if you would like to add a donation, please visit: http://www.hebmenscancer.com
A HUGE thanks to all entrants, marshalls, supporters, helpers and organisers for making this event such a success and a regular date in the calendar – see you all in 2016!