Brightons' dad raises cash for Prostate Cancer UK with 30 half marathons in 30 days

A marathon effort from a devoted son has brought in much-needed funds for a cancer charity.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 5:06 pm
Updated Sunday, 7th March 2021, 12:06 pm

Graeme Crawford wanted to raise cash and awareness of prostate cancer after his dad, Douglas, was diagnosed with the condition at the end of last year.

He decided to run 30 half marathons in 30 days and today (Thursday) will complete his challenge.

Bank worker Graeme has run in all weather conditions, not even allowing snow and ice to stop him in his tracks.

Graeme Crawford who is completing 30 half marathons in 30 days to raise funds for Prostate Cancer charity

Most days he has left his home in Union Place, Brightons around 6am to pound the streets covering his 13.1 mile target.

He said: “Sometimes I’ve not run till later in the day and then it’s hard the following morning without enough proper rest, but I’ve always been determined to complete my run each day.

"I’ve always been fit and did a bit of running before, including the first Stirling Marathon, but lately it’s been much shorter runs.

"The first few days were okay but then from about day five to day 12 it became really tough. My achilles were sore but I kept going and it eased off.

“I’ve been managing times between two hours and two hours 20 minutes. Some days I’ve run down to the Helix and other days out to the Falkirk Wheel, but I always ”

He didn’t even let his 42nd birthday on Tuesday this week stop him running his daily 13.1 miles.

His initial target was £500 but already has collected over £2200.

The most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK, more than 47,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year.

Thankfully, his dad is now recovering in his Stenhousemuir home after surgery last month, but Graeme, himself a dad of two boys, wanted to do something to help others.

"My dad has been one of the lucky ones, he was diagnosed early and had his operation, but we’re hearing that because of the pandemic not everyone is as fortunate.

"Also all charities are needing people to fundraise which is why I decided to run for Prostate Cancer UK.”

Cheering him on from the sidelines have been wife Corinna and sons, Reiss, 18, and Cole, 12, along with dad Douglas, who has worked for the company producing The Falkirk Herald for the last 54 years, and mum Katrina – all proud of his achievement.

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