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Local Runner takes on London Marathon to Support Local Cancer Research

A runner from Merseyside, originally from Yorkshire, is preparing to take on his first London Marathon in aid of North West Cancer Research.

Dan Tate and the London Marathon logo

47-year-old Dan Tate will join up to 50,000 runners to complete the famous course on Sunday 21st April, inspired by the cancer battle of a good friend. Dan’s friend, Jimmy, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in July 2022 and after two major surgeries and a four-week hospital stay, he is now in recovery.

Dan’s carefully planned training regime has seen him running around 40 miles per week, and support has flooded in from friends, family and colleagues.

No stranger to supporting life-saving cancer research, Dan and his colleagues at Greenhalgh Kerr, a dispute resolution solicitors based in Wigan, took on a series of physical challenges over the summer of 2023 to raise sponsorship for North West Cancer Research. Their challenges included swims, bike rides and a multitude of runs before finishing off by tackling the three peaks.

Dan said of this year’s challenge: “You’re never far away from a loved one or close friend being impacted by this terrible disease, and like everyone else I also know so many people that have died due to cancer. My good friend Jimmy is someone whose life changed immeasurably due to the impact of cancer. We nearly lost him a couple of years back, but he pulled through and his reaction to the diagnosis and everything else since has been truly inspirational.

“Being able to support a local charity which is striving to find cures and make improvements in treatments, that also focusses on the places we live, is a no-brainer.

“I’m really looking forward to experiencing the London Marathon. I reckon you would struggle to beat the atmosphere in London, and I’m running with one of my best mates Alex. He’s probably a better runner than me, but we’ve agreed to do it together and cross the finish line at the same time!”

You can support Dan as he runs for research at:https://2024tcslondonmarathon.enthuse.com/pf/dan-tate