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Prostate Cymru, Wales’ leading prostate health charity has been confirmed as the lead charity partner of the Ogi Porthcawl 10K, which returns to the popular seaside resort on Sunday 2 July. 

The partnership will form part of Prostate Cymru’s 20th year birthday celebrations and provide an opportunity for runners to take on a 10K challenge whilst raising money for Wales’ largest prostate health charity. 

Prostate Cymru Head of Commercial Owen Pugsley commented: “Porthcawl is a symbolic part of Wales for us, so it made sense to incorporate the race into our 20th year celebrations. Throughout the last two decades we have had strong associations with the area, with many of our ambassadors and corporate supporters hailing from the town. In fact, just recently we have launched a new friendship group which covers the Porthcawl, whose remit is to advocate fundraising and enhance local awareness. 

“Running events are always well received by Prostate Cymru supporters and every year we see hundreds of fundraisers using challenges like this to raise money for us. We are sure that the free Prostate Cymru spaces we have available as part our involvement will prove popular.

“Every 45 minutes a man dies of prostate cancer in the UK, and it is highly likely that at some point everybody will have a family member or a friend that will be affected by it. Fundraising from events such as the Ogi Porthcawl 10K help us operative efficient awareness programmes and improve services, research and treatment for men in Wales suffering with prostate health.”

R4W Race Director and former Olympian Steve Brace said: “Many miles have been spent pounding the pavements in the area, which has played a big part in shaping my own running career and gearing up for the Olympics, and to this day I am heavily involved with the local running groups and parkrun. I am delighted to hear that not only are Welsh brand Ogi partnering with the Porthcawl 10K, but now the Welsh charity Prostate Cymru are too. 

“Being of a certain age, it has been an eye opener to learn more about the symptoms and risks to be aware of, with prostate cancer effecting 1 in 8 men, or 1 in 3 if there is a family history. Prostate Cymru have done some admirable work improving men’s health in Wales, so its brilliant to have them on board.”

The Ogi Porthcawl 10K will once again be the third leg of the R4W 10K Series in 2023, ahead of the fourth race in Barry Island and spring events in Cardiff Bay and Newport. The route, which takes place on fully closed roads of the resort town which boasts stunning coastline, the historic Grand Pavilion and the iconic Porthcawl pier and lighthouse.”

You can now sign up to run for Prostate Cymru, who are offering free running spaces and running t-shirts to those pledging to fundraise in support of their vital work. If you’re already registered for the event, you can still pledge your support and receive a free t-shirt. 

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