Kenny Smith has set himself an awesome challenge. He’s running 3 marathons in the month of May, raising money for the cancer charity which supported him. No stranger to running, Kenny and his two children, Natasha and George, both challenged themselves in 2019 when they took part in numerous running events across Scotland raising over £3,000 for the Maggie’s Centre in Airdrie.
Kenny was diagnosed with Stage 3 bowel cancer in 2018 and had to undergo surgery to remove a large tumour. This was followed by 6 months of chemotherapy and further surgery which left Kenny feeling fatigued and out of the way of regular exercise. As part of his recovery, Kenny turned to running and this was when he challenged himself to a 350km running challenge to raise funds for Maggie’s which he had visited on a few occasions throughout his treatment, and recognises the great cancer specific support they offer to people across Lanarkshire.
After the first lockdown Kenny joined a Facebook Group for runners, now known as Let’s Run 2022, and found this truly motivational, inspiring him to push himself to new limits- Kenny wanted to take on the challenge of running the Belfast, Stirling and Edinburgh marathons, all within the month of May. Due to the cancellation of the Stirling marathon, Kenny will be enjoying the scenic beauty of Cumbrae covering the same distance.
“It’s been great regaining my fitness through running and it helped massively that Natasha and George ran with me on the first challenge in 2019 after my first clear scan and having recently had my 4-year final scan, it was a great opportunity to do another challenge for Maggie’s. I’ve ran over 500km in training for this and have been encouraged and supported by my kids and friends with my Let’s Run 2022 running friends keeping me well motivated to take this on.”
The Maggie’s Team at Lanarkshire are rooting for Kenny as he pounds the streets in training and takes Belfast, Edinburgh and Cumbrae by storm.
Lorrie Cameron, Centre Head at Maggie’s Lanarkshire, said: “We’re really grateful to Kenny for choosing to support Maggie’s once again, and we wish him all the very best with this challenge. People with cancer need Maggie’s more than ever and by taking on this challenge, Kenny is helping people when they need us most.”
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