Stevenage man’s marathon charity challenge for cause close to his heart

tim-robinsonTim Robinson, 47 of Stevenage, has taken up the extraordinary challenge of running 50 miles over the course of November to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Action. He is a keen and active member of his local 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 over £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 it’s 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. I have done 32 so far and the November races will take me up to 35. I have 2 and a half years to get in another 15.”

Tim will be taking part in the Stevenage Half, Grand Union Canal Half, St Neots Half and Bassingbourne ten mile all before the end of the month.

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 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 please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tim-Robinson11 .

From running your local 5K to skydiving, and cycling from London to Brighton to walking the Great Wall of China, Pancreatic Cancer Action has a number of ways you can take part in a fun fundraising activity. To find out more, please visit http://pancreaticcanceraction.org/support-us/fundraise/ or call 0303 040 1770.