Local man runs Valencia Marathon to help the fight against pancreatic cancer

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Simon with his Mum after running the Royal Parks Half
Simon with his Mum after running the Royal Parks Half

Simon Hoggart, 34, from Balham, took on the incredible challenge of the Valencia Marathon on the 19th November. He ran in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Action to raise vital funds and awareness of the disease and has so far raised over £1,200!

Simon was motivated to complete his first marathon in memory of his father, George, who sadly passed away 11 years ago from pancreatic cancer. George experienced some common symptoms of Jaundice and unexplained weight loss before he was diagnosed.

Simon says, “After I completed the Royal Parks Half Marathon I swore I would never run a marathon but the thought of running for Pancreatic Cancer Action changed my mind and here I am about to run one in Valencia.”

“I chose to fundraise for Pancreatic Cancer Action because they really focus on raising awareness which I think is so important.”

“I want to highlight the importance of raising awareness so that early diagnosis is possible and encourage more funding to go into the disease.”

Pancreatic cancer is the UK’s 5th biggest cancer killer. The survival rate is just 5% which is the lowest of any cancer.

Simon after completing the Valencia Marathon
Simon after completing the Valencia Marathon

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.  The charity fund research into early diagnosis, provide medical education programmes, and launch awareness campaigns.

Ali Stunt, Founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action, said: “We are delighted that Simon has given his time to support Pancreatic Cancer Action in this amazing challenge. We are very sorry to hear that Simon has lost his father to the disease but it is a great way to do something in his memory.”

“We rely solely on donations from the public and thanks to people like Simon we can continue our vital work. Please back Simon in his fundraising efforts so that we can continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”

To sponsor Simon please visit his Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simon-hoggart

If you are considering taking part in your own challenge please visit our challenge page for more information on how to get started.