The iconic Brighton Big Balls makes a welcome return to our beaches on Sun 11 May.

This mad-cap fun charity event sees competitors racing over the pebble beach and groynes (mind those groins!), all whilst carrying two large red 14” inflatable Balls under each arm.

This charity stumble (sorry Run) is in aid of Cancer Research UK, who direct all funds raised towards Prostate, Penile and Testicular cancer support and research. Hence the strap-line “How Big Are Your Nads Lads?

Event organiser Dave Samuel said of the event “This is great way of getting blokes to start a conversation about their blokes bits – having a laugh over a very serious issue and helping to preserve their downstairs tackle.”

Each entrant is given a race number which is also written on their balls. They have to finish with their own balls in their arms. Absolute carnage ensues as so-called “mates” boost each other’s balls beach-ward. Try finding your balls again amid 800 other balls blowing around a blustery beach!

To ensure a full farcical value to this serious race; the beach will be home to a range of ridiculous obstacles. Who can forget those boxing gloves on 8’ long poles deftly welded by the comedy Ninjas in 2013? Or the hand/oil dip beach (now carry those slippery balls) or the water-balloon-bombs which cooled many a competitor! But please don’t laugh, this is a serious race. Many more local businesses will ve showing their might in 2014, by providing a plethora of anarchic and ridiculous obstacles for your pleasure!

Brighton Big Balls will be as much about being a spectator sport as those actually taking part!

Lovely Ladies are also welcome to take part however they are asked to don a comedy moustache and run in a manly-manner. A special prize is given to the lady with the best comedy moustache (real ones will disqualified).

Brighton’s local favourite Norman Cook has offered his Big Beach Café, at Hove Lagoon, as the start and finish point. The Cafe will be providing a Brighton Big Beach Big Balls Breakfast and lunch, with a party to follow…

The 3k route will run from the Lagoon to the King Alfred leisure centre and back and commences at 9am on Sunday 11 May.

The event is sponsored by Sarah Edmunds Legal – lady solicitors with big balls, Brighton Racecourse, and the Training Pod.

Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, every hour, every person as every year, around 8,600 people are diagnosed with cancer in Sussex and sadly every year, around half of those people die. That’s 4,500 lives that cancer takes every year here in Sussex alone. Often, it’s not because they can’t get the drugs they need, but because their successful treatment stops working. Cancer Research UK is funding a group of scientists at the University of Sussex to find ways to overcome that resistance, giving many more people a better chance of beating the disease.

But now, it’s cancer’s turn to be afraid as Cancer Research UK spent more than £1 million on research in Brighton last year but we can’t stop here. As well as participating Brighton Big Balls, you can help beat cancer by donating today at: cruk.org/myprojectsbrighton

For more information on Brighton Big Balls, visit www.brightonbigballs.com/‎