Runners flash a ‘tache to raise some cash – then dash!

Runners and spectators of a weekly race in Leicester will be sporting various facial adornments this weekend (26 November) in support of a major, month-long fundraiser.
 
Scores of those taking part in Saturday's Braunstone parkrun - the weekly, timed, 5k race at Braunstone Park - will be displaying moustaches and beards as a show of support to fellow participants, friends and family members taking part in Movember, a global fundraising campaign that raises money for and awareness of men's health issues through the growing of facial hair.
 
Braunstone parkrun's inaugural 'Flash a 'Tache' day will help to promote the appeal's aims and offer support to its members who have signed up for November's challenge, as well as enabling others to get behind the fundraisers by donning facial hair - real or otherwise - for the day.
 
It will be the first time that Braunstone parkrun has backed Movember, the aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.
 
A spokesperson for the Flash a 'Tache day said of Saturday's event:
 
"We are very much looking forward to seeing all the different moustaches on display on Saturday and showing our support for the men raising sponsorship throughout Movember. 
 
"For some it will be a culmination of a month's growing and trimming. For others it will be a trip down to their local joke shop to find a suitable fake 'mo'."
 
She added: "Lots of people have vowed to mark the day accordingly and, although Saturday's event will be a bit of fun, it obviously has a very serious message. 
 
"Braunstone parkrun is very proud to get behind such a worthy cause."
 
Braunstone parkrun is one of more than 100 parkruns that takes place around the UK and other locations every Saturday morning. The Leicester event celebrated its first birthday two months ago and, since its inception last September, has welcomed in excess of 1300 runners, aged between around 4 and 79, to more than 50 weekly races.
 
Saturday's race, the 58th in the series, starts at 9am near the old stable block at Braunstone Park. It is free to enter but first-time runners must register beforehand online at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone.