A Nottingham man is raising money for Prostate Cancer UK when he attempts a 20-mile run from Pride Park to the City Ground ahead of the East Midlands derby.
Des Oldham, 38, who supports Nottingham Forest, will be setting off from Derby County’s Pride Park stadium before finishing at The City Ground in time for the East Midlands derby on Saturday, February 23.
This isn’t the first time Mr Oldham has completed the challenge and in December 2017 he ran the same route but from Nottingham to Derby.
He said: “I did it before the game a couple of years ago at Derby and it built a race-like event. I got people to run it with me and we raised £8,000.
“There were 32 people who took part and at the moment we have about 20 for this coming run. I’m looking to build on that, and perhaps get another 5 or 10 people involved.”
Mr Oldham had the idea to build a team to all fundraise for the same cause, so they can raise more money.
The distance is about 20 miles and the route will go through a series of public footpaths but will mainly consist of running along the A52.
The group are also planning to pass both Brian Clough statues present in both cities.
With numbers slightly lower this time around, Mr Oldham is aiming for the group of participants to grow before the day of the run.
They have created a JustGiving team page and individuals should raise £50 to donate to the cause, and people can receive benefits, freebies and goodies for their participation.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men – killing one man every 45 minutes and it is a charity close to Mr Oldham’s heart.
Des added: “Prostate cancer uses a slogan ‘Men United’ and because both teams are rivals, and quite fierce rivals at times it’s quite a nice way of uniting men to run together.
“We will ‘Unite Men’ by building relationships, whilst raising awareness and funds and by achieving something great as individuals.”
The run is open to both Forest and Derby fans.
Mr Oldham is also running the 2019 London Marathon later this year.
You can find out more and donate to the cause here.