COLOURFUL comedian Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown - who has fought his own battle with cancer - says he cannot wait to start this year’s Miles for Men fundraiser.
Miles for Men returns to Hartlepool on Sunday, July 28, and the Middlesbrough-born comic is gearing up to launch the race which raises money for Cancer Research UK.
The 68-year-old, regarded as Britain’s bluest comic, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002 and received intensive chemotherapy treatment for two years.
Roy told the Mail: “They were looking for a celebrity to launch Miles for Men, but when they couldn’t find one they settled for me.
“Seriously though, Miles for Men is a cause close to my heart and when they asked I had no hesitation in saying yes.
“Cancer is a horrible disease.
“I was told that most people diagnosed with throat cancer have their voice box removed but luckily I didn’t, which my wife said was a shame.”
The 5k Miles for Men event will be held on Sunday, July 28, and follows last year’s successful event in Hartlepool, which saw 1,000 men of all ages run, walk, or jog a three-mile route.
The event was a huge success and raised £40,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Roy says everybody is affected by cancer and he was friends with singer and actress Bernie Nolan, who died last week aged 52, after a long battle with cancer.
The comic, who will be attending her funeral, added: “The more that can be done to raise awareness the better, and events like Miles for Men can only help do that.”
Roy said he has no plans to actually run the course, but added: “I used to be really quick over 100m but then the beer and chips took hold.”
Men of all ages are being urged to sign up for the Miles for Men event and organiser Michael Day is hoping to see as many people as possible support the cause and has issued a plea for people who already have registration forms to send them back as soon as possible.
The 39-year-old said before the day they need to know exactly how many people will be taking part for insurance purposes.
Father-of-three Michael launched Miles for Men in memory of his dad Michael Senior, who died of throat cancer in 2007, aged 67.
The Miles for Men course starts at Maritime Avenue and finishes at Seaton Carew Cricket Club where there will be a fun day and live music, featuring bands including The Style Selektors.
Grangetown-born Roy was speaking to the Mail ahead of a gig at Middlesbrough Town Hall tomorrow.
The colourful comic has been performing for 44 years but he shows no signs of slowing down despite approaching his 70th birthday.
Roy, who has promised to end the show with his traditional ‘full monty’ said: “I still absolutely love performing stand-up and I have always appreciated people coming out to see me.”
For ticket prices and more information about the show log onto www.middlesbroughtownhallonline.co.uk or to register for Miles for Men visit www.milesformen.co.uk