William (Bill) Neill, 76 from Edinburgh has signed up to run the Scottish 10K at the Scottish Half Marathon + 10K on Sunday 18th September as a stand against his ongoing battle with cancer.
For a 76-year-old to run a 10K is a great achievement in itself, but Bill’s story is even more unbelievable. Two years ago he was diagnosed with a form of advanced prostate cancer and has since undergone a series of radiotherapy treatments. Not to be beaten, Bill battled against his plummeting fitness levels by getting out and walking/running and gradually building his fitness back up.
He said: “there is a lot of scientific evidence which suggests fitness extends cancer survival and I buy into that philosophy.
“I started by walking for one minute then running for three or four minutes, but now I can manage 5km non-stop. My target finishing time is 75 mins and am confident that I can achieve that.”
Bill hopes that his defiance in the face of adversity will inspire others in similar situations to tackle life’s hardships head on and with a positive outlook. He is looking forward to his challenge which is now less than ten weeks away:
“I’ll be very happy to line up at the start of the run, but I’ll be even happier to cross the finish line. The training has at times been difficult due the the side effects of the cancer treatment, but it will be worth it to complete the run.”
We wish Bill all the very best of luck and salute him for his bravery and incredible attitude!
The 2016 Scottish Half Marathon + 10K takes place on Sunday 18th September along the picturesque East Lothian coastline. Standard entries for this year’s event are set to close on Wednesday 24th August at 5pm. Sign up today: www.scottishhalfmarathon.com/mydetails.