Northumberland Freemason Noel Common will be running the 2018 Great North Run for Prostate Cancer UK.
The 74-year-old from Morpeth will be among the thousands of people aiming to complete the 13.1-mile route from Newcastle to South Shields on Sunday, in aid of a charity close to their heart.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year and wants to make a positive difference to help other men like him.
Every year, approximately 1.1million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer – the most common form of cancer, other than skin cancer, diagnosed in men.
Noel said: “I last did the Great North Run some 28 years ago and haven’t been running since then, so I am finding the training very difficult.
“I’ve increased my miles every week and I’m ready to take on the course. I think that the cause is well worth the pain and effort of the training if it raises awareness of the symptoms or saves even one life.”
Noel has already smashed his target of £300 and is aiming to raise £1,000. To sponsor him, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/noelcommon