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Celebrities carry Big Balls to raise money for Cancer

Graham Robson March 16, 2016

Brighton Big Balls – don’t laugh! it’s a serious event

Brighton Big Balls

Brighton Big Balls is in aid of male cancer treatment and prevention – specifically prostate, penile and testicular Cancer.

Now in its fourth year, the event, staged in aid of male cancer charity Orchid will take place on May 8, and sees entrants stumble over the beaches and groynes of Hove whilst carrying two large gym balls under their arms.

The race number on the entrants hand matches the number on their balls and they must finish with their own balls. Apart from that –  there are no rules!

Local businesses also donate to the charity in return for putting their own obstacles on route. Infamous obstacles in previous years have included the comedy Ninja’s with boxing gloves on 8’ long poles, Water bomb alley, running through buckets of wall-paper-paste into buckets of cornflakes and fitting through hanging hoops on the beach – all whilst trying to retain their balls.

Competitors are allowed and encouraged to boost each other’s balls beachward as organised chaos is the order of the day – making Brighton Big Balls a spectator sport too!

Brighton Big Balls
Brighton Big Balls

Dave Samuel, Brighton Big Balls big chief said: “It’s a short distance so a great event for everyone to get involved in. You don’t have to be particular fit to take part – laughing seems to be more the order of the day than running for this fun-run!”

The event is clearly aimed at men but lots of women also take part to show support.

However, ladies are asked to wear a comedy moustache and run in a “manly-manner”. The female competitors even have their own competition for the best moustache of the day (but, real ones are automatically disqualified)

Supporters of the event in 2015 included Brighton & Hove Albion Players, Sussex Sharks Players, Sussex County FA as well as a host of celebs including Norman Cook and Zoe Ball, Jack the Lad and Tom Evans from Heart FM’s breakfast show all running plus  TV legend Johnny Ball started the race!

Lots of celebrities tweeted about Big Balls including John Prescott, Adele, Towie cast members and number one fan Norman Cook!

Registration is online and costs £25. Entrants are then expected to raise sponsorship via the charity just-giving page.

For more information and to register, click here:

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