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York Boxer to Take Part in Prostate Cancer Research Run


7:42pm 29th April 2014

Henry Wharton, ex-British, Commonwealth and European Super Middleweight Champion (Undefeated) is giving his backing to R U Taking the P? and pulling no punches in an attempt to get other men to join him.

Well-known York boxer and owner of Henry’s Gym and Community Centre in Acomb, Henry Wharton has been inspired by other celebrities joining the cause and wants to spread the word about the 5K men-only fun run held annually on Father’s Day.

Sir Michael Parkinson, Yorkshire comedian Billy Pearce and York’s legendary pantomime dame Berwick Kaler are all pledging their support and Berwick has actually confirmed that he will be there on the day, albeit he hasn’t decided if it will be dressed as a man or a woman, as obviously the run is men only, but men are encouraged to turn up in fancy dress.

“I want to make sure that every fighter and every male member of this gym takes part in R U Taking the P? on this day, but not only that I want to show how strong we are as a team and get the word out there to other men to join our team, not just at this gym,” said Henry.

Henry also realises the importance of awareness of early diagnosis of prostate cancer, as being a member of Fulford Golf Club he knows plenty of men who have been affected. “When you think of prostate cancer, you think of it as being a disease associated with older men, but this is not true,” said Henry. As a member of a golf club I know lots of men there who have had prostate cancer, but thankfully they have received early diagnosis and treatment and pulled through,” he added.

“I just want to get the word out there that with running our own gym we deal with men and boys direct and we want to make sure that they are informed about something like this, a worthwhile cause that they can get involved in. We want to keep R U Taking the P? going and give our backing for as long as we can. We will support it every year from now on making it one of the events on our calendar,” stressed Henry.

Under the umbrella of Yorkshire Cancer Research, this year R U Taking the P, which takes place on Sunday, 15 June at 9.30am in Rowntree Park, has introduced a father and son package (boys need to be 11 and over to register) and Henry has signed up with sons Oscar (16) and Sonny (13).

 “I want to thank Brian Hughes and his team of volunteers for putting this together, because it wouldn’t happen without people like them who do it for no gain. The gain is what gets the word out there, awareness and support for prostate cancer and for the opportunity to do this and that is why we want to take part, make this run go forward and get better each year from now on. I want to help Professor Maitland raise awareness and vital funds and will back it 110 per cent,” said Henry.

To register for R U Taking the P? visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk/running or pick up a registration from Brian’s Hair Fashions, South Bank, York, Devine Butchers or Calcaria Carpets, both in Tadcaster.

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