Family tragedy forged a will of iron in a man who lost his mother to cancer and now knows his father will die of the disease too.
Steven Honeyman’s life was turned upside down when his mum Florence died from lung cancer in 2012. His dad Roddy was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour a year later.
Now 37-year-old Steven is pouring his body and soul into training 15 hours a week for the Ironman UK triathlon taking place in Bolton in July.
The Stenhousemuir man said: “Life is short and I’m not getting any younger. If it wasn’t for my mum and dad I probably wouldn’t be doing this.”
Steven, sister Lynsey (28) and their dad had just come to terms with Florence’s death when Roddy received his shock diagnosis.
“These things happened at the worst possible time,” said Steven. “My mum and dad were ready to spend their retirement together when she died. Then my dad had just accepted he could have a life without her when he was diagnosed.”
Roddy is now staying at Strathcarron Hospice and Steven sees him ever day.
“My dad knows I’m doing this Ironman and he thinks it’s amazing. Both my parents were always very supportive.”
Used to the big stage, Steven played keyboards with local band Five Park Drive at Big in Falkirk back in 2006.
He will be taking on his latest challenge with friends and fellow full Ironman first-timers Ross Crombie and Nicola Bishop and hopes to raise as much cash as possible for Strathcarron Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research.
“I’m running and cycling three to four times a week, I just need to do a bit more swimming,” he admitted.
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