Lecturer taking on the London Marathon for Cancer Research UK
Date: 12th Apr 2018
A Buckinghamshire New University lecturer is putting his best foot forward and gearing up to run the Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of Cancer Research UK after his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Jim Dunn, Senior Lecturer in Policing, will join hundreds of thousands of runners on the 26.2-mile course around the capital on 22 April and said he is excited ahead of an ‘awesome day’.
The former police officer, who has worked as a lecturer at Bucks New University for nearly ten years, is taking on a series of running challenges this year in aid of the charity and has so far raised more than £750.
In total, he has been undertaking fundraising running events and obstacle course races for Cancer Research UK for three years, raising close to £3,000, but the London Marathon will be his first marathon.
“It will be a very emotional day,” said Jim, who has one grandchild. “I am apprehensive but determined I will finish.
“The thought of completing 26.2 miles is an awesome achievement but compared to what cancer patients go through on a daily basis I think a few bruised toes and aching legs will be nothing.
“Ovarian cancer is known as the silent killer and more research needs to be undertaken. I chose Cancer Research UK as I know of many people who have lost loved ones to this disease in its various forms and research is needed across the board.”
Jim has, additionally, completed the Lee Valley Half Marathon near London and the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run this year and later in 2018 he will also take on events including September’s Simplyhealth Great North Run for Cancer Research UK.
Support Jim through his Just Giving page.