Local Man Takes on Extreme Vietnam Running Challenge

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James with his team at Maidenhead Rugby Club

Runner, James Hornby, from Maidenhead is taking on the massive challenge of running a 64km ultramarathon, full marathon, AND half marathon in just of two weeks. He will be completing these races in the extreme tropical conditions of  Vietnam and Cambodia, hoping to raise money for charity Pancreatic Cancer Action.

James has been motivated to take on this challenge after recently losing a very good friend from school and Maidenhead Rugby Club, Mark Robinson, to pancreatic cancer as well as losing his uncle, Ian Bott, from the disease a few years ago.

He says: “Both were great people with lovely families and I want to do something to honour them and raise some money for this worthwhile charity in their name.”

I have run a few marathons previously and enjoy the challenge of distance running, but I am an old front row rugby player and am certainly not suited to long distance running”. 

James, who now lives in Vietnam, has already taken part in the half marathon around Ho Chi Minh City on the 7th January and will run the Ho Chi Minh City Marathon on the 15th. Finally, he will be running the Angkor ‘Bayon Trail’ Ultra Marathon; a 64km trail run held in Cambodia on January 21st.

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. The 5-year survival rate is just 5%, a figure which has barely changed in over 40 years.  

Ali Stunt, Founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action, said: “We are delighted that James is giving his time to support Pancreatic Cancer Action.

”As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like James to help us continue our vital work. Please back James in his fundraising efforts so that we can continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”

To sponsor James please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hornbyrunsforpancreaticcanceraction