Could jet fighter ace Alun be UK’s manliest man?

Flt Lt Alun Pepper - could he be Britain's manliest man? EMN-140411-134314001
Flt Lt Alun Pepper - could he be Britain's manliest man? EMN-140411-134314001

A Flight Lieutenant at RAF College Cranwell, Alun Pepper, is in the final of a competition for the title of Britain’s Manliest Man to promote awareness of testicular cancer.

A testicular cancer survivor himself, he has entered the contest purely to raise awareness of the disease and educate people about the symptoms and treatments available.

The competition has a special significance for RAF fast jet weapons system officer Alun, 43, who himself survived testicular cancer back in 2006. He said: “I found out first hand how vital it is to be aware of the early signs of testicular cancer, and if I hadn’t known what to look out for then I might not be here today.”

Serving most recently in Libya, he was diagnosed with the disease but made a full recovery and returned to flying duties within two months, before taking up a post at Cranwell. His campaign to win the competition is based around his survival of the disease but includes his interests in kickboxing, skydiving, his role as a fast jet navigator and a trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Flt Lt Pepper has already beaten off competition from more than 1,000 other men to gain a place in the final 50 of the competition, run by premium men’s grooming brand

The Bluebeard’s Revenge, men’s cancer charity, Orchid and Men’s Fitness magazine. The competition will now go to an online public vote, with the highest scoring finalist winning the coveted title of Britain’s Manliest Man, as well as a one-year modelling contract with The Bluebeards Revenge, a year’s supply of grooming products and the opportunity to grace the cover/pages of Men’s Fitness. The winner will also play a very important role in the fight against men’s cancers, becoming an ambassador for Orchid and helping to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of the diseases.

Nick Gibbens, spokesman for The Bluebeards Revenge, said: “We are now handing control over to the public to decide which of these guys is truly deserving of the title, and we’re fully aware that it’s going to be a tough choice to make.

“We don’t define what’s manly – we’ll let you decide on that one. But we do know that these guys look the part, with their chiselled jawlines, rugged good looks and masculine physiques.

“Of course, there’s more to it than looks alone, and this is something that we feel should be given careful consideration.

“But most importantly, our winner will have the chance to spread a very important message, and potentially save some lives while he’s at it.

“At the moment, countless men are having to endure needless suffering, all due to lack of information, or sometimes even sheer ignorance of male specific cancers.”

To vote for Alun, visit before Sunday November 23.