Students to stage underwear run for charity

Caroline Gos is out front as the QMU mens' football team bare almost all. Picture: Alex Hewitt

Caroline Gos is out front as the QMU mens' football team bare almost all. Picture: Alex Hewitt

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madcap students are to run through the Meadows in their underpants as part of a worldwide craze aimed at combating cancer.

Fundraisers hope the dash – dubbed The Undie Run as participants are encouraged to strip down to their underwear – will stump up £150,000 for Cancer Research UK as it sweeps across the country.

And students from Edinburgh University and Queen Margaret University are set to raise £10,000 alone – with risqué runs scheduled for both the Meadows and the QMU campus later this month.

Undie Runs began in California as a unique way of raising cash for good causes, but this is the first time the events will take place in the UK and hundreds of students from around the Capital are expected to take part in the one kilometre run.

Caroline Gos, organiser of the QMU Undie Run, said she decided to get involved after witnessing her mum struggle with terminal bone marrow cancer last year.

The 19-year-old student, from New Jersey, was forced to take a gap from her studies and work 15-hour days as her mum Monika, 45, was too ill to support the family.

She said: “We have to keep talking about cancer to get people aware of the symptoms, because no-one ever spoke to me about what I was going through.

I didn’t have any emotional support from anyone, which made the whole thing a lot harder.”

Edinburgh University student Tasha Kleeman, who is organising the Undie Run through the Meadows and lost her grandad to the disease, added: “I think everyone has got some sort of personal experience of cancer.

“This is the first time this has taken place in the UK – they are hoping it’s something which can raise millions of pounds in the future. The idea is every year it will get bigger and bigger.”

And the 19-year-old English Literature student wasn’t worried about the Capital’s biting autumn winds.

“When you’re running, you warm up,” she said.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman in Scotland, said she was “delighted” so many students were stripping to their smalls to fund vital research.

The Undie Runs will take place on the Meadows on October 24 and at the QMU campus on October 29.

alistair.grant@edinburghnews.com