Cancer fighter takes on race challenge
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.