Lanarkshire runner takes on three marathons in support of cancer caring centre

A dedicated runner took on a real marathon challenge to raise funds for Maggie’s Lanarkshire – by completing three of the lengthy races in the same month.

Kenny Smith has so far collected nearly £1100 by running 26.2 miles in each of Belfast, Cumbrae and Edinburgh during May.

He focused on running as part of his recovery after cancer treatment in 2018, and chose to use this year’s epic challenge to support the centre at Monklands Hospital in Airdrie.

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Cumbernauld resident Kenny was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer four years ago and underwent surgery to remove a large tumour, followed by six months of chemotherapy and further surgery.

He turned to running as he regained his strength, and was joined by children Natasha and George as they took part in numerous running events and raised more than £3000 for Maggie’s Lanarkshire, which he had visited during his treatment.

Now part of the motivational Let’s Run 2022 group on Facebook, he decided to take on the triple marathon challenge this year in honour of a treatment landmark.

Kenny said: “I ran over 500km in training for this and have been encouraged and supported by my kids and friends, with Let’s Run 2022 keeping me well motivated to take this on.

“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.

“Having recently had my four-year final scan, it was a great opportunity to do another challenge for Maggie’s.”

He completed the two city courses in Belfast and Edinburgh, and following the cancellation of the planned Stirling marathon, ran the remaining 26.2 miles on scenic Cumbrae.

Among those cheering him on throughout the challenge were staff and volunteers at Maggie’s Lanarkshire, which offers practical, social and emotional support to people with cancer and their loved ones.

Centre head Lorrie Cameron said: “We’re really grateful to Kenny for choosing to support Maggie’s once again and by taking on this challenge, Kenny has helped people when they need us most.”

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