Eighteen people from Macmillan’s Get Active Feel Good Lincolnshire programme walked the Lincoln 10k on Sunday 2nd April.
The Get Active Feel Good Lincolnshire project is currently in its third year and helps anyone who is going through or has gone through cancer who would like to get more active.
Finishing times of the team walking the Lincoln 10k ranged from 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes, an amazing feat considering all participants were post-treatment. Some only finished their treatments four months ago.
All participants, whose ages ranged from 43 to 69 years old, were raising money for Macmillan, having been diagnosed themselves. The types of cancer they had received treatment for were varied and included breast, prostate, myeloma, and lung cancers.
Ray North, 69, was one of the eighteen people from Macmillan’s Get Active Feel Good Lincolnshire programme who took part on the day. In 2004, Ray was diagnosed with prostate cancer and received both hormone therapy and radiotherapy treatment.
Ray said: “I was pronounced clear in early 2010 but had a reoccurrence in autumn 2010. I resumed hormone therapy which worked for a few years but during 2016 had 10 rounds, 1 every 3 weeks, of chemotherapy after the cancer progressed. During this time, I had wonderful support from Macmillan’s Get Active Feel Good Lincolnshire programme. I was aided, both during treatment and recovery, to keep up with exercise in any way I could.”
Despite his incurable condition, last month, Ray also took on the Bath Half Marathon and raised £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Ray said: “To this end, I decided that after treatment I would up my running and train for a half marathon and raise money for Macmillan. I also just wanted to show that recovery from chemotherapy is possible and that just because the cancer is incurable it doesn’t mean you can’t live a full life. I am convinced that the exercise and training has speeded up my recovery and although I still have some weakness I am much further down the line than if I had just sat in a chair waiting!”
Gudrun Frankish, also part of the team, said: “I am so happy and overwhelmed that I did this walk today the support from everyone was amazing.”
Elaine Wilson, Macmillan Strategic Partnership Manager in the East Midlands, said, ‘We are delighted to hear that so many people wanted to show their support for the Get Active Feel Good Lincolnshire programme. The number of people who joined the team at this year’s Lincoln 10k highlights the impact this increasingly valuable service is having on the lives of people living with cancer in Lincolnshire.’
The next big challenge for the Get Active Feel Good Lincolnshire consortium is a 5k walk in June.
To express your interest in joining the walk, please contact Fiona Roche or Aaron Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01522 730 325.