As standard entries for Edinburgh Marathon 2015 are set to close (midnight 4 January) one fundraiser has already claimed his place at the big May (30/31) weekend. Cancer survivor Richard McSloy will be participating in his first half marathon at Edinburgh Marathon Festival (EMF) as part of the hundreds-strong Macmillan Cancer Support team. The Northumbrian barman was diagnosed with cancer over ten years ago and has been living with a Choroidal melanoma since 2004, a cancerous tumour on his eye. The 49-year-old’s condition was diagnosed early. It is under medical control and not life-threatening.
However, he has been inspired to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support - the official charity of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival which takes place on 30/31 May - to help those less fortunate than he. Richard said: “I’ve been running for about two years now. I am a member of Blyth Running Club. I did two sponsored ten mile runs for Macmillan from Tynemouth to Blyth. I just wanted to see if I could do a 13 miler and that’s why I put in for Edinburgh.
"I read that for Edinburgh, you have got to finish in 3 hours and 15 minutes and I like a bit of a challenge. I am hoping to do it in 2 hours and 30 minutes, but people I am training with reckon I can do it in 2 hours 10 minutes. I’m not going to rush it, I will do it at my own pace for my first half marathon. I just want to enjoy it.”
On his own cancer, he explains: “It’s a tumour on the eye. A lot of people don’t know about this type of cancer as it is not widely publicised. I was diagnosed in 2004 and it is just something I have to keep on top of.”
It was hearing about another friend affected by cancer that prompted Richard to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support: “I decided to run for Macmillan through a mate at the club whose friend died of cancer. He organised a sponsored run and in the first year we raised £5000. And up to now to have raised £10-12,000 for Macmillan nurses.”
The 2015 Edinburgh Marathon Festival takes place on 30/31 May. Standard entries for the feature marathon race are set to close at midnight tomorrow - Sunday 4 January. To enter go to the EMF website.
To sponsor Richard for the 2015 Edinburgh Marathon Festival, visit his Just Giving page.