Cancer survivors go the extra mile for Preston charity

DUO: Ric Clark and his Ian Jones preparing for their run mission
DUO: Ric Clark and his Ian Jones preparing for their run mission
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When it comes to going that extra mile, friends and work colleagues Ric Clark and Ian Jones take it to the extreme.

Cancer survivors Ric and Ian, from Preston, are among hundreds of folk signed up for Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s annual fundraising Walk in the Dark on Saturday.

But while others will make the 10-mile plus route along the A6 from Chorley Hospital to the Royal Preston Hospital a stroll, or amble along carnival style in fancy dress, Ric and Ian are running it.

And when they reach the finish, they will turn around and run back to the start – with plans to complete the Blackpool Half Marathon the next morning.

It’s all part of a training regime that will see them running 80 miles a week as preparation for their ‘run mission’ in September when they plan to cover 140 cross-country miles in three days.

The pair, who both work for BAE, will run from Haverigg in Cumbria to Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast, traversing three National Parks – the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors.

Their mission is not only to complete a staggering feat, but also to raise money for Rosemere at the same time.

Ric, 34, who is married to Leonie and has two young sons, was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year, while Ian, 35, who is married to Kath and has two young daughters, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2010. Both underwent surgery and chemotherapy.

Ric, a member of Preston Harriers, said: “We were both runners before we became ill and enjoyed ultra events – distances longer than marathons. Now we are fit and well, we want to use our sport to help others with cancer.”

To sign up to the walk, call 01772 522913.