Sir Michael Parkinson will launch a new Father’s Day fun run in aid of cancer research.

The event, at Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, is his first engagement as patron of Yorkshire Cancer Research, which he agreed to support following his own experience with prostate cancer.

The inaugural ‘Parky Run’ on Sunday, June 19, will be started by Sir Michael. A junior 2K dash for children aged two and upwards will be followed by a 5K fun run for adults. All finishers receive medals and 5K participants get a Parky Run t-shirt.

Parky Run will be held at Cannon Hall Farm

Sir Michael said: “This unique event will provide a fantastic opportunity for families to get active, support Yorkshire Cancer Research and help raise awareness of a disease that affects thousands of people living in the region.”

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Cannon Hall Farm director Richard Nicholson said: “My wife Maxine lost her personal fight with cancer six years ago at the age of 46 and this has strengthened our resolve to support Yorkshire Cancer Research and their efforts to assist the development of treatments for this terrible disease.”

To register go to http://yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk/events/running/parky-run/.