A MAN diagnosed with throat cancer and due to undergo intensive chemo and radio therapy next month is taking on a gruelling challenge.
Dad-of-two Andrew Doorey is taking part in the first Run the Flash Pennington Trail races in aid of cancer specialist hospital The Christie.
Andrew, 43, from Lowton, is now rounding up his friends and family to join him for the run around Pennington Flash Country Park, in Leigh, on Mother’s Day (Sunday, April 3), having already posted leaflets through the letter boxes of houses across Lowton.
Those friends include Leigh MP Andy Burnham who will be joining him on the marathon – despite his lack of running experience.
Mr Burnham said: “I have known Andy and his family all my life and they are smashing people and this is a first class cause.
“I will be going to the football on Saturday and will, no doubt, have a few beers in the process, so anybody who sees me struggling a bit on Sunday will know why.”
Andrew said: “The Christie has been amazing and this is my way of giving something back to those who are saving my life.
“We all think it will never happen to me but it did and I’m going to beat it.
“My aim is to raise as much money as possible so that I can help other people in my position in the future.
“I’ve never really been a keen runner, I like keeping fit but recently I have not been able to do a great deal.
“Whether I run or walk I am going to complete this race and have managed to rope a large group of my friends and family into completing it with me.
“I live very close to Pennington Flash Country Park, where the race is taking place, it’s a beautiful area which I know very well so I’m pleased to see it being used for a great local event.”
Run the Flash will start at the Leigh Harriers Athletics track at Leigh Sports Village (LSV) on Sunday, April 3.
There are two races on the day – a half marathon starting at 9.30am and 10k race starting at 9.40am, which will take entrants into Pennington Flash Country Park and along the trails, before returning to LSV. The two races are for all people of every standard.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Doorey.
To register for Run the Flash, visit www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 703 5806.