Half marathon success for Fenland based artist
Local artist Syrah Arnold, successfully completed this month’s Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday, despite having a foot injury just two weeks before the race.
Syrah completed the 13.1 miles in 2 hours and 14 minutes and has so far raised over £1,200 for Prostate Cancer UK.
Syrah said: “Training has been incredibly hard for several reasons, two of which were personal health concerns. I’ve had to train through sciatica which came on suddenly in August and which floored me for a few weeks. In fact it’s still giving me some back pains after running.
"And then with less than two weeks to go I injured my right foot and had to spend a considerable amount of time with ice blocks on it, unable to run again until the day itself. I was really worried about how I’d cope, but also so determined to do this. So, I’m feeling pretty great to have completed it, all running without any stops, and all in one relatively healthy piece.”
Syrah was cheered on by her husband and son as well as friends.
Prostate cancer has become the most commonly diagnosed cancer in England since 2020 and it is estimated that one in every eight men in the UK will develop prostate cancer. Currently a family loses a loved one to this condition every 45 minutes.
Syrah decided to run the 2021 Cambridge Half Marathon as a show of support for two important men in her life who have over the last year been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but she said; “My efforts are really for everyone affected by this, the men and their families. I really would urge men to get regular health checks, in the same way that most women now do for breast cancer, and indeed men over 50 (or 45 if black) or with a family history of prostate cancer should be fully aware of the risks and where to seek help and advice.”
Syrah has been raising funds through various means and was recently supported by Café D-Licious in Wisbech, who have offered meals as prizes for donations.
Syrah said: “I popped into the café shortly after their prizes were announced and was immediately handed £20 in cash, which a local gentleman had brought in for my fundraiser. I’ve never met this person, and am incredibly grateful and moved by his kindness and support; as a prostate
cancer survivor he wanted to support my fundraising for this charity. That’s the kind of ‘good news’ story and real human contact that just makes all the painful training and the race itself so worthwhile”
Syrah’s Just Giving page is still open and she is now offering the chance for people to win a one-2-one printmaking session or for their design to be hand-printed by Syrah. Everyone donating £10 or more to Syrah’s online fundraiser by midnight on Friday (23) will have a chance of winning this prize worth £75. Details can be found on https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/syrah-arnold1