A jogger who has been battling with a brain tumor for the last year raised £6,000 by completing a 45 mile run last weekend.
Simon Douglass ran from his home in Aspley Guise to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, where he had brain surgery a little more than a year ago, on Saturday, May 4. In doing so he smashed his fundraising target of £1,500 for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation.
The 42-year-old, known as Chippy, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February 2012 after suffering an epileptic fit at his work in Peterborough.
Doctors discovered he had a large brain tumor and after they initially told him it couldn’t be operated on, he was transferred to specialist Addenbrookes. There he was told the tumor could be operated on, but that it couldn’t be completed removed.
Three agonising weeks later he underwent successful surgery.
Simon’s astonishing run took him eight-and-a-half hours after he set off from Aspley Guise at 7.30am. Friends on bikes kept him company as he passed through Bedford, Sandy, Wrestlingworth and finally to Addenbrookes at 4pm.
He said: “Various friends and family joined me to either run or cycle, keep my spirits up and keep my mind off the occasional pain.
“I stopped to refuel and get necessary food and drink five times before reaching the final destination.
“At each of these points was my support crew and various friends and family to give that extra vocal support.
“The sense of elation was tempered by the physical exhaustion, but the sense of achievement and the amount raised made it all worthwhile.”