A Wisbech man is rising to one of the UK’s biggest sporting challenges and is calling on local runners to join him.
Tim Charlton, aged 28, will be taking part in this year’s Morrisons Great North Run - the world’s biggest half marathon - on Sunday, September 13, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Tim, a dad-to-be whose first baby is expected this November, is encouraging anyone who has secured a place to raise money for research into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer by joining Cancer Research UK’s team.
Tim is determined to conquer the famous 13.1 mile route from Newcastle to South Shields as a tribute to his stepdad Derek Charlton, 53, who is suffering from stomach cancer which has spread to his liver and upper bowel, and which has been diagnosed as terminal.
Derek had been feeling sick and tired for a few months when he collapsed in the shower. He was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in June this year.
Surgeons removed 90% of his stomach – including a cancerous tumour weighing in at 6kg. Derek is now waiting until he is fully recovered from his operation to see whether chemotherapy or other treatments will help.
Tim is taking part in the Morrisons Great North Run for the second time and he is aiming to finish inside two hours.
He said: “I’m proud to be running for Cancer Research UK. My initial target was £300 but I’ve exceeded that and I’m hoping to raise £500 to help beat the disease.”
Two weeks after Derek’s surgery Tim, his stepdad and Derek’s childhood friend Alan Chilvers camped at Silverstone for the British Formula One Grand Prix for a morale-boosting trip.
Tim added: “Cancer isn’t a subject to shy away from – it’s there to be tackled and to find a cure from. I know from my own experience that it can come into your life very quickly and, with everyone’s help, it can be stopped.
“Whatever happens it will be the smile on Derek’s face the day we watched the racing at Silverstone that gets me through the last few miles. He’s been a great dad to me and I won’t let cancer spoil those memories.”
Cancer Research UK hopes over 2,700 runners will raise £710,000 to help beat the disease.
People of all ages and abilities are being invited to ‘go the distance’ for Cancer Research UK by taking on a running challenge and raising vital funds to accelerate life-saving research.
From 5k and 10k fun runs, to half marathons like the Morrisons Great North Run, men and women are encouraged to take on their own distance, their own way.
Cancer Research UK spokesman Gary Young said: “We’re delighted that Tim Charlton is ‘going the distance’ for Cancer Research UK. It’s thanks to support like this that our doctors, nurses and scientists are able to go on making progress in the fight against cancer.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who has secured their own place in the Morrisons Great North Run but hasn’t chosen a charity to run for yet. Please join the Cancer Research UK team and help raise money for vital research.
“And if you haven’t got off the starting blocks yet with setting yourself a running challenge, it really doesn’t matter how fast or fit you are we have a wide range of events available – big and small. By taking on a Cancer Research UK challenge, people will be helping our researchers in the ultimate challenge of bringing forward the day when all cancers are cured.”
Cancer Research UK spends £37 million on research in Cambridge each year; £22 million of that is spent at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute alone.
For more information about running for Cancer Research UK in the Morrisons Great North Run call 0300 123 5461 or email email@example.com.
To learn more about Cancer Research UK’s running events, visit cruk.org/support-us/find-an-event.
For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please visit www.cancerresearchuk.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.