Letter to editor: GMB’s Sean Fletcher urges UK to challenge bowel cancer in 2020


What’s your New Year’s resolution? If you’re looking to take up running or aiming for a new personal best and you want to do it whilst helping to save lives, then we’ve got a challenge for you.

This January, Bowel Cancer UK is launching Challenge 2020. A virtual run you can take at your own pace. All abilities are welcome, whether you’re a keen runner or a complete beginner. Take on our 16km, 42km or 268km challenge in your own time. Run, jog or walk the distance in a day, a week, a month or before 30 April.

Each kilometre you finish represents a person whose life has been affected by bowel cancer. With 42,000 people diagnosed each other, 268,000 living with the disease and 16,000 sadly dying from bowel cancer every year.

But with your help, we can change this and stop people dying of bowel cancer by funding vital services and lifesaving research. You can pound the pavements, jog on a treadmill or walk in the park. Your distance, your reason, your challenge.

Sign up today on Bowel Cancer UK’s website: bowelcanceruk.org.uk/challenge2020

Sean Fletcher, Presenter of Countryfile and Good Morning Britain