Distinguished Gentlemen Ride Again
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Distinguished Gentlemen (and Ladies) from across Winchester are to take to the saddle once again for prostate cancer.
By David Cradduck
Images: David McKibbin
On an annual basis globally, over one million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. More than 300,000 men will die of the disease this year.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, every minute a man dies by suicide globally (in the UK, 75% of suicides are men).
That’s why a large number of Distinguished Gentlemen (and ladies) mount trusty steeds of the vintage motorcycle variety to raise money for – and more importantly, awareness of – prostate cancer and men’s mental health.
The local Solent ride is now five years old and last year 200 riders travelled from Winchester to the New Forest to raise £30,000.
The global total was a staggering $6.2m for 2018! Since 2012, the event has had over 250,000 riders take part across he world, raising $18.5m for men’s health.
The 2019 target globally is $7m.
This year, the Solent DGR riders will set off again from The Broadway in Winchester at 10.00am on Sunday 29th September.
Participants are encouraged to dress smartly (tweeds are a favourite, but suits, dinner jackets and kilts have also been worn). Motorcycles must be classic style; this is no boy racer’s event.
What the event is, however, is about raising awareness as well as raising money. It’s about spreading the word about prostate cancer and the importance of timely contact with a doctor if you think you have symptoms.
Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy (other than skin cancer) diagnosed in men. It has
the potential to grow and spread quickly, although for most men, it is a relatively slow growing disease.
This, and the combination of men’s reluctance to ‘open up’ about mental health issues, is a real concern and DGR have teamed up with Movember to raise awareness of both illnesses.
So if you’re around The Broadway on Sunday 29th around 10am, you will get to see the Distinguished Riders and some lovely machinery in action, as well as supporting such a worthy cause.