Shrewsbury Town steward Mark O'Gorman will lace up his running shoes to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer UK.
The 44-year-old is well known to Salop fans having worked at the Croud Meadow for the past six years.
Mark formerly weighed 21.5 stone but during lockdown, he discovered a love for running that helped him shed the pounds.
And now he wants to use his new-found hobby for better – with the Salopian set to take on the Great North Run in September for Prostate Cancer UK.
“This all started for me during the first lockdown,” Mark said.
“Everyone will remember that time when you were only allowed outside your house for an hour a day to walk or exercise.
“Back then I was the best part of 21.5 stone and I thought I’d start running just as an excuse to get out of the house.
“But very quickly I found that I was addicted to running.
"I’ve done the Shrewsbury 10k twice now and a few others as well
“And once I completed them, I started thinking about the next challenge.”
When a friend suggested to Mark that he should sign up for the Great North Run – the biggest half marathon in the world - he knew straight away he wanted to do it for Prostate Cancer UK.
“I’m at that stage in life when you think about going to the doctor for an MOT,” Mark continued.
“But there is just such a stigma around prostate cancer because of the nature of the check-ups.
“The nature of the examination takes precedence over what the results could actually do for you. It’s crazy, things just shouldn’t be that way because the tests can save your life.
“I decided if I was going to run the Great North Run for personal reasons, I might as well raise as much money as I can and as much awareness as I can for Prostate Cancer UK.”
Mark also works for Welfix in Shrewsbury with shop staff having already raised £400 by holding a raffle.
You can sponsor Mark on his JustGiving page which can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/great-north-run-2024-51388