Cancer fighter takes on race chal­lenge

Stockport Express - - Business -

A HALF marathon would be a chal­lenge for most peo­ple, but one run­ner is tak­ing it on in the midst of a bat­tle with stage four bowel cancer.

James Scott, 39, from Stock­port has al­ways been a keen sports­man but in Au­gust last year he and his wife Rachael’s lives were turned up­side down when he was told he had cancer in his bowel that had spread to his liver.

This was a dou­ble blow to the cou­ple, as they had just been given ap­proval to com­plete their fam­ily through adop­tion.

But al­though he faces an un­cer­tain fu­ture James was de­ter­mined to re­main pos­i­tive and de­cided to take on the 13-mile race to raise cash for The Christie, where he has been re­ceiv­ing treat­ment and sup­port.

De­spite gru­elling fort­nightly cy­cles of chemo­ther­apy and two stays in hospi­tal he has been train­ing with boxer Tommy Coyle and has al­ready raised over £2,000.

James said: “I was de­ter­mined that I would ap­proach the sit­u­a­tion in a pos­i­tive man­ner, which in­cluded my ex­er­cise rou­tine. In be­tween my treat­ment cy­cles I like to get out run­ning or on my bike. The team at The Christie have been very sup­port­ive and I de­cided that I wanted to raise money for them by run­ning the Manch­ester Half Marathon.”

The run is or­gan­ised by Xtra Mile Events in part­ner­ship with Traf­ford coun­cil. This year’s event takes place on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15, fin­ish­ing at Emi­rates Old Traf­ford.

James added: “My di­ag­no­sis means that I have an un­cer­tain fu­ture but I am de­ter­mined to keep a smile on my face.

“I have al­ways been a solo run­ner but this time I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to run­ning the course with a group of friends who are go­ing to sup­port me along the way.

“I am par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to that last mile – it’s al­ways re­ally en­joy­able no mat­ter how tired you are, as more and more peo­ple line the route and cheer you across the fin­ish line.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Manch­ester Half Marathon or to book a place visit manch­ester­half­marathon. com.

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