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Haines takes on Marathon challenges

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 April 2015

Former Recorder reporter Gary Haines is running the London Marathon to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK

Former Recorder reporter Gary Haines is running the London Marathon to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK

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Former Recorder sports reporter raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK

Former Recorder reporter Gary Haines is running the London Marathon for Prostate Cancer UK on Sunday week.

He said: “It’s hard to believe that in little over a week I’ll be pounding the streets of the capital when I run the London Marathon for Prostate Cancer UK.

“Our 2015 slogan is #notjustavest and that rings so true. This disease kills one man every hour and has struck among my family.

“I’m proud to work for the charity alongside some incredible colleagues and volunteers and am well on my way to raising more than £2,000 to help save men’s lives.

“To achieve that feat I’ve embarked on a variety of personal challenges to boost my fundraising pot.

“The one that has struck the biggest chord has been my #500shirts challenge, which has seen me wear a different shirt every day since January 1, 2014.

“It started with a quest for me to justify the extortionate amount of shirts in my wardrobe, and has seen me beg, steal and borrow from family, friends and work colleagues.

“Several have really bought into it, and from a random selection of bespoke chainsaw designed t-shirts, to Hawaiian offerings and the odd football shirt nothing has been off limits.

“I’ve worn small all the way up to extra large (worryingly all from the same guy), might have seen better than wearing a Peru shirt in Scotland and one Christmas pudding offering had to be seen to be believed.

“Having completed a full year (#365shirts), my aim is now to raise £500 for 500 shirts and I will be working with several Football League clubs to help spread the word further.

“Each and every shirt has been captured in a selfie, while I’ve also become the king of the sweepstakes in the office and run a successful monthly pontoon.

“Last week I staged the inaugural ‘Quiz for Gaz’ where the first sport I ever covered in my seven-year stint at the Romford Recorder – water polo – was one of the answers in a specially customised round about yours truly.

One in eight men in the UK are affected by prostate cancer and anyone wanting to sponsor Gary Haines can do so atjustgiving.com/Gary-Haines77/ or search Men United to do something great with their mates.


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