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to wonder why boys can't run the race for life?

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ParadiseChick Sun 28-Apr-13 20:53:24

Trying to register, my 11year old nephew fancied it, but no space on the online form for anything other than ms, miss, Mrs, Dr, rev or prof in the title space. Is it women only?

RavingRoo Tue 03-Oct-17 17:47:47

Ffs another person who doesn’t know how to Google or pick up the phone. hmm

TheNewMrs Tue 03-Oct-17 17:47:42

There's something in my area called Miles for Men which I believe only men can enter (to raise money for prostate cancer I believe). Just thought it might be worth a look to see if there's something similar near to you smile

Italiangreyhound Tue 03-Oct-17 17:43:38

Completely agree CherryChasingDotMuncher, and yes, I do know it's a zombie thread!

BoneyBackJefferson Tue 03-Oct-17 17:41:18

I know its a zombie thread but there are many male only cancer research things.
Movember (it does get some stick on here)
don't be a spanner check your nuts (screwfix etc.)

I'm not sure that manontherun is still going.

But maybe the point here is that couples or families would like to do something together. (yes I know that there is race for life families but that is women and children as far as I recall)

CherryChasingDotMuncher Tue 03-Oct-17 17:38:32

Rather than crying about how they should take part in a women’s only event, perhaps men should work hard at helping themselves and their male peers become less intimidating to women?

Anyone who objects to this is just looking for an excuse to have a sexist moan. It’s not like there aren’t loads of other races they could take part in.

BishopBrennansArse Tue 03-Oct-17 17:35:31


TheFirstMrsDV Tue 03-Oct-17 17:31:14


ghostyslovesheets Tue 03-Oct-17 17:30:39

OMFG it's a cocking ZOMBIE ffs

Nightsleepneeded Tue 03-Oct-17 17:27:42

Scaross, I imagine you don't sponsor Movember either as it only benefits men hmm

HostaFireAndIce Tue 03-Oct-17 17:27:41

ERM not a single link works! so we are none the wiser Oh Google experts

Presumably they did 4 years ago when this thread was started!

CanIBuffalo Tue 03-Oct-17 17:26:50

Since this has been dragged up again, I'd just like to point out than any be-penised people are absolutely entitled to run in R4L as long as they identify as a woman that day. No need to even go to the trouble to shave off their beards.
There you go OP. Problem solved.

MummyJess123 Tue 03-Oct-17 17:26:10

....You guys do realise this thread is 4 years old?

ghostyslovesheets Tue 03-Oct-17 17:25:00

or sign up for a Race For Life Family 5k - job done

ghostyslovesheets Tue 03-Oct-17 17:21:59

seriously OP there are lots of 5k / 10k runs every bloody weekend

lots of charity races you can all do - or things like Parkrun or Colour run

ONE bloody event aimed at women and you are getting yourself in a lather

just sign up for a different run and ask people to sponsor you hmm

I am running 10k this Sunday for fun - with men and everything - but surely one fucking women only event isn't the start of the revolution

stopfuckingshoutingatme Tue 03-Oct-17 17:21:18

ERM not a single link works! so we are none the wiser Oh Google experts grin

I think they should do a golf one, for testicular cancer. 'Balls to cancer' grin

I have strong feeling about Cancer fundraising and I am going to STFU about my opinions, as it might end up prolonging my life one day. and if I get a nice little drug that gives me another few years, will I be slagging off the Pink Badges? no. of course I wont be

guilty100 Tue 03-Oct-17 17:21:03

Race for Life isn't really about winning, btw, and I don't think anyone would feel particularly "proud" of that award. It's about something much more important - getting out and starting to exercise, camaraderie, a non-intimidating atmosphere. There are loads of more competitive races with a whole load more glory in which women are welcome to participate if they want to race against the boys, and crush a few male egos along the way. Most have winners by gender and age, rather than just P1, P2, P3.

brasty Tue 03-Oct-17 17:20:56

Of course some women are competitive. They will already be running in other races.

araiwa Tue 03-Oct-17 17:20:43

Good job this thread got bumped as it got a comment from the guy who set the whole thing up!

guilty100 Tue 03-Oct-17 17:18:22

skaross - my DH is extremely intimidating. His half marathon time is 1.15 and he approaches races with a grim competitiveness to race against his PB that would be completely at odds with the whole ethos of Race for Life.

Skarossinkplunger Tue 03-Oct-17 17:17:48

It's not only that it's the fact that they think
that women aren't competitive. How insulting!

brasty Tue 03-Oct-17 17:17:15

Race for Life gets girls and women taking part who probably would not take part in a mixed event. Shout sex discrimination all you like, but maybe actually think about why this is needed in the first place.

TheFirstMrsDV Tue 03-Oct-17 17:16:34

I won't do R4L anymore but it was innovative because it was one of the first fundraising runs to appeal to non runners.
They made it possible for any woman to participate.
They did that by making women feel comfortable.

Which is why it is so incredibly sucessful

ArcheryAnnie Tue 03-Oct-17 17:16:32

This is what they say happened when they planned a men's event:

We have trialed 5k events for men in the past. Run for Moore in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund was a 5k series of events for men which in 2009 we took the difficult decision to cancel. Unfortunately there was insufficient interest from men to take part and to return their sponsorship money, making it difficult to justify investing in it any further.

Skarossinkplunger Tue 03-Oct-17 17:16:16

So guilty you're ok with fact that CRUK thinks your husband/partner/dad/son is threatening or intimidating to women?

ArcheryAnnie Tue 03-Oct-17 17:15:24

How many women-only events are there? How many "mixed" events are de-facto men-only or majority-male because women don't enjoy the atmosphere?

Nobody is stopping anybody from fundraising, joining another, mixed race, or running where they like.

But god forbid women are ever, ever allowed something that men are asked to refrain from.

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