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Marc takes on London Marathon for Macmillan

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7 APR

Marc takes on London Marathon for Macmillan

By timesecholife on in All News, Featured News, Leek news

A Moorlands runner is taking on the London Marathon in a bid to raise £2,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Marc Steven, aged 49 from Whiston, took on the challenge after his wife, Rachel, was diagnosed with cancer.

A Moorlands runner is taking on the London Marathon in a bid to raise £2,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Marc Steven, aged 49 from Whiston, took on the challenge after his wife, Rachel, was diagnosed with cancer.

An A&E nurse who worked on the front line throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Rachel, aged 49, was given the diagnosis last year.

Since then, Macmillan has been on hand to support the couple, with nurses coming out to assist them at any time of the day or night, as well as emotional and practical help, from support to cope with the stress, to assistance with applying for a blue parking badge.

Marc said: “Our doctor sent Rachel for tests because she was feeling tired. It was so rapid, from her feeling tired to discovering she had Stage 4 cancer. It started off around her kidney and bladder, then they found it in her lungs, bones and lymph nodes.

We didn’t know it was in her bones until she started snapping them. She’s so fragile. She’s broken her leg, broken her arm, had sepsis and is undergoing chemo at the moment.

We’ve had a lot of support from Macmillan and wanted to give something back.”

Marc works in the construction sector and initially signed up for the Bath Half Marathon with colleagues at J Murphy & Sons before gaining a place in the London Marathon.

He added: “The Bath Half Marathon was supposed to be in spring but has now been postponed until October, so I’ll be doing the London Marathon and then the Bath Half straight after.

I’m looking at doing another half marathon next month in Birmingham though.”

For Marc, running helps to ‘keep his head straight,’ so when Rachel became less mobile and he worried about leaving her alone at home, he bought a treadmill, allowing him to continue his training and be on hand if she needs him.

The treadmill also means Marc can avoid busy spaces. While Rachel is undergoing chemotherapy, contracting Covid-19 could be life-threatening, so Marc mostly trains at home with longer runs at JCB Lake once a week.

With support from colleagues and the community, including £375 made on refreshments during a craft day at Whiston Village Hall, Marc is hoping to raise at least £2,500 for Macmillan.

A sweepstake on his marathon run-time is already up and running and another community fund-raiser is also in the planning stages.

Marc said: “I just want to raise as much as possible for Macmillan, they offer a brilliant service.”

To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/marcsteven

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