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Prostate Cancer UK’s biggest fundraiser, The Big Golf Race, is up and running for 2024.

This amazing challenge sees participants play 36, 72 or 100 holes in a day to raise funds in the fight against prostate cancer – the most common form of the disease in men.

It’s different from the normal fundraiser too. While many charity challenges will really put you through the wringer, The Big Golf Race could not be more fun. You’ll be playing a sport you love with good friends and having some great laughs along the way.

And what better excuse to get out on the course with your pals than helping to save the lives of dads, grandads, brothers, uncles and friends?

This year it’s hoped to raise £1.6m. So there’s never been a better time to get involved.

A number of big names are backing the event, including 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett and YouTube’s biggest golf influencer Rick Shiels.

Danny said: “I got involved with Prostate Cancer UK a few years ago when they were the main charity for the BetFred British Masters that I hosted at The Belfry. I think it’s amazing what they do.

“One in eight men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, which is a staggering number. The Big Golf Race is Prostate Cancer UK’s biggest fundraiser. So let’s get as many people involved as we can and raise as much money as we can.”

So what do you need to know about this amazing event?

The fun way to fundraise

The Big Golf Race is all about enjoyment, whether that be over 36, 72 or 100 holes.

Yes, tackle the 100-hole ‘Ultra Marathon’ option and you’ll undoubtedly be exhausted at the end of the day. But you’ll have created memories that will last a lifetime and will know you’ve done something truly worthwhile.

There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs too. The top fundraisers from this year’s event will land a three-night B&B trip for four to the renowned Monte Rei Golf & Country Club in Portugal, including two rounds of golf, courtesy of Golfbreaks.

Golfers who raise more than £250 will enter a draw for a full bag of Titleist golf clubs worth £3,000, with fitting included. There are plenty of other prizes on offer as well, such as a Motocaddy electric trolley and bag.

What do you have to do?

There are three fundraising challenge options: the Marathon (playing 72-holes and walking an average of 26 miles); the Half Marathon (36-holes over 13.1 miles) or the formidable Ultra Marathon (100-holes over 35 miles).

All you have to do is get some pals to join you and choose a course and date that suits you.

Those who register will receive a fundraising pack, including golf balls, tees, pencils and a fundraising guide, plus there are opportunities to earn incentive gifts along the way.

Prostate Cancer UK has partnered with the UK Golf Federation, which represents the owners of 1,200 courses in the UK, to support sponsored players in booking multiple rounds across the country.

It is also partnered with The PGA, which is encouraging its members to pledge tee times for golfers taking on the challenge. HowDidiDo and The British Golf Association are also supporting the event.

Why get involved?

Taking part in The Big Golf Race will help save lives.

Since its inception in 2020, The Big Golf Race has seen more than 11,500 golfers raise £3.4 million to help fund research to radically improve the way prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with one in eight getting it.

More than 52,000 men are diagnosed with the disease every year on average – that’s 143 men every day. Around 475,000 men are living with it.

The good news is that it is curable if caught early. However, the situation is worst in Scotland with 35% of men being diagnosed too late.

Prostate cancer also often has no symptoms – so risk awareness is vital. Risk factors include being over 50, black or having a father or brother who has had prostate cancer.

It’s why Prostate Cancer UK is investing millions of pounds into research to unravel the complexity of the disease, improve diagnosis with MRI scans and offer men better treatment and care. Its vital work will create a brighter future for all those who are diagnosed with the disease.

So sign up for The Big Golf Race today. You’ll enjoy a fantastic day out with your friends, while helping to save men’s lives.

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