With less than eight weeks to go until the Scottish Half Marathon and 10K, one participant is hoping his involvement will inspire others to tackle life’s hardships head on. 76-year-old Bill Neill has signed up to run the Scottish 10K on Sunday 18 September as a stand against his ongoing battle with cancer.
Bill was diagnosed with a form of advanced prostate cancer two years ago and has since undergone a series of radiotherapy treatments. Not to be beaten, Bill battled against his plummeting fitness levels by getting out and walking/running and gradually building his fitness back up.
He said: “There is a lot of scientific evidence which suggests fitness extends cancer survival and I buy into that philosophy. I started by walking for one minute then running for three or four minutes, but can now I can manage 5km non-stop. My target finishing time is 75 mins and am confident that I can achieve that.”
Adding: “I’ll be very happy to line up at the start of the run, but I’ll be even happier to cross the finish line. The training has at times been difficult due the the side effects of the cancer treatment, but it will be worth it to complete the run.”
The 2016 Scottish Half Marathon + 10K will take runners along the picturesque East Lothian coastline. Standard entries for this year’s event are set to close on Wednesday 24 August at 5pm. You can sign up at the event website.