A Perth sports enthusiast is taking on one of the biggest physical challenges he's ever faced in memory of his father who died after a short battle with oesophageal cancer last year. Steven Bonthrone (42) from Perth will be taking part in a number of sporting events in 2014, including the Paris and Loch Ness Marathons as well as the four races at Edinburgh Marathon Festival, to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The events will help make up a total distance of 850 miles which he plans to cover from April to September, the equivalent distance between the Champs Elysees to Bught Park in Inverness.
Steven, a personal trainer, explains his reasons for undertaking such a massive challenge. He said: “My dad was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in April last year. The diagnosis was too late to be treated and sadly he died in July. It was terribly sudden, a huge shock for us all. So my main motivation for doing this challenge is to raise awareness of oesophageal cancer, the importance of getting symptoms checked out early and raise funds for a charity that provided so much support for my father and my family throughout his care.
“My dad inspired me to take up running and although I have taken part in marathons before I haven't done anything on this scale and I'm really determined to complete it in memory of him and raise as much as I can for Macmillan.”
Steven plans to undertake the total distance of 850 miles from taking part in professionally organised events as well as personal distances on foot and on his bike around Perthshire. He will kick it off with the Paris Marathon in April before undertaking a 5K, 10K, half and full marathon at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in May. He also plans to complete several other events before finishing his challenge at the Loch Ness Marathon in September.
Steven's wife and fellow runner, Allison McArthur (pictured above), will also be providing some moral support as well as taking on her very own challenge for Macmillan by undertaking the Paris, Edinburgh and Loch Ness Marathons.