A greenkeeper at the famous St Andrew’s golf course in Scotland is set to return home to Colsterworth to take part in a gruelling 30-mile run to raise money for charity.
Simon Dexter, 26, has seen both close friends and family affected by cancer, and he has decided it is about time to do something about it.
So he has taken on the challenge of running a 30-mile marathon on Saturday, October 26, starting at 9am.
Simon said: “I have so many close friends and family who have suffered with this awful disease. Not only does the person with the cancer have to cope, it’s a vicious ripple that doesn’t stop.”
Simon is calling for as many people as possible to get involved in the day’s events, ranging from sponsors to relay runners and volunteers to help marshal the route. The run, which starts at The White Lion pub in Colsterworth, passes through South Witham, Market Overton and Wymondham before arriving back at his home village.
He added: “I have put my body through a lot of stress with the extreme training, but it drives me on knowing that there are people in the UK suffering. It really saddens me that most of these people have families and they will not be here to watch their loved ones grow up. It’s heart-breaking.”
The 26-year-old’s greenkeeping job at the home of British golf has seen him come face-to-face with such household names as Bill Clinton, Ian Botham, Shane Warne, Hugh Grant and Serena Williams.
But there will be no glitz and glamour this weekend, as Simon looks to make the most of his gruelling four months of training.
All proceeds from the run will go to Cancer Research UK to provide equipment and technology to help fight the disease.
To sponsor Simon, go to www.justgiving.com/Simon-Dexter2013
Sponsorship forms are available from the White Lion for those who want to get involved. Alternatively, sponsor a mile post for £10. Information: call on 01476 861466.