Have a butcher’s at this! Tadcaster runner’s eyes on the pie prize...

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IT might not be your usual running gear - but despite pounding 5k ?? with a tray of pies and wearing his butcher’s apron, Tadcaster’s Nick Devine still posted a decent time in Saturday’s charity run.

Nick, who runs Devine Meats in Tadcaster, was among 300 men who took part in the R U Taking the P? event.

Held at Rowntree Park, York, for the second year, the run was held to raise awareness and funds for prostate and other male cancers.

And Nick, who made it round in under 30 minutes, certainly got into the spirit of the event - donning his best butchers gear and carrying a tray of finest pork pies to add to the camaraderie of the day

“I managed to get round the course without dropping a pie - just!” he said.

“It was hot and hard work. I could bend metal bars with my hands by the end!

“It started to kick in by the 4k mark, but I managed to get myself round.

“We think I’ve managed to raise £700-£800 in total which is terrific. I’m quite surprised by that.

“I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported us on the day. Everybody has been so kind.”

Also running were Tadcaster Grammar School maths teachers Geoff Wilson, John Alderman and Stephen Pearson as well as Tadcaster man David Binns.

Harry Gration of BBC Look North also made a guest appearance and set the runners on their way as well as participating himself.

Organisers Brian Hughes and Richard Smith of Knavesmire Harriers were pleased with the response as men from all over the country took part, including Leeds, Filey, Scarborough, Newcastle and Scotland.

“I would like to thank all those who helped in any way today, either running, helping, financially or otherwise,” said Brian.

“We had more men participating this year, but still need more to join us for next year.

“The women’s Race for Life also held today drew nearly 4,000 women to take part.

“We need to get our message across that men do get cancer as well as women and I hope that next year we can entice more men to take part.

“We had a fantastic day today, the atmosphere and friendship was brilliant, we will have raised thousands of pounds for Yorkshire Cancer Research and even the sun made a brief appearance.

“You can’t ask for better than that.”