'My mum's diagnosis spurred me into getting fit again' – Stevenage runner takes on charity challenge in memory of mum who died from pancreatic cancer
PUBLISHED: 12:14 21 November 2016
A Stevenage runner has taken on a charity challenge for a cause close to his heart.
Tim Robinson, 47, has already completed three half marathons this month to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Action, and now just has a 10-mile race on Sunday to go.
He is a keen and active member of his Stevenage running club Fairlands Valley Spartans and has been inspired to raise funds to show his support for fellow runners affected by pancreatic cancer.
Tim, who hopes to raise more than £1,000, said: “I decided to take part in this challenge for Pancreatic Cancer Action when I heard about them on the radio.
“In 2009 my mum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died shortly after.
“My mum was an amazing lady who supported me when I had Hodgkin’s lymphoma a few years ago. I had chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a stem cell transplant which took its toll on my health, but my mum’s diagnosis spurred me into getting fit again and now I want to do something to support Pancreatic Cancer Action so that more families do not have to go through the same experience as we did.
“Another challenge I am determined to take on to raise funds and awareness is 50 half marathons before I’m 50. The November races will take me up to 35, so I have two and a half years to get in another 15.”
Tim has taken part in the Stevenage Half Marathon, Grand Union Canal half and St Neots half, and now just has the Bass Belle 10 miler in Bassingbourn to do on Sunday.
Pancreatic Cancer Action is committed to working towards earlier diagnosis of the disease so that surgery, currently the only cure, is made available to the sufferer. Pancreatic cancer is the UK’s fifth biggest cancer killer and 26 people die a day from the disease.
Ali Stunt, founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action, said: “We are delighted that Tim is giving his time to support Pancreatic Cancer Action.
”As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Tim to help us continue our vital work. Please back Tim in their fundraising efforts so that we can continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”
To sponsor Tim visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tim-Robinson11.