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Landmark reached in challenge for Bowel & Cancer Research

Landmark reached in challenge for Bowel & Cancer Research

Date: 06th June 2014  |   Posted by: Airedale Team  |   Posted in: Press release

Airedale Air Conditioning, Leeds, UK, June 6, 2014

Local father of three, Mike Dunning, is now more than half-way through his year-long objective of raising £1,000 for Bowel & Cancer Research by running more than 100 miles

The Burnley 10k later this month will mark the start of his training for the grand finale which will see the 41-year old run the York marathon this October. So far he has completed four 10k races and three half marathons including the Great North Run. In his last race, the Leeds half marathon, Mike achieved a further personal best of 1 hour 48 mins and 29 seconds, coming within the top quartile of runners.

Mike, a wiring loom operator for Leeds-based Airedale International, was spurred on to raise money for Bowel & Cancer Research having seen two of his colleagues die from the disease.  

To help keep him on track, Mike joined a local running club which has supported him with training plans on nutrition and on how much to run each week. In addition, he cycles his 34-mile daily commute to and from Leeds which helps him maintain his fitness levels without impacting on his joints. Mike says he can complete the journey in under an hour, often arriving home before a colleague travelling the same route by car.

To keep energy levels up during races, energy gels are a staple but Mike admits to having supplies of jelly beans for an added boost during half marathons. In the 16-week countdown to the York marathon he’ll run up to 22 miles each week and will start a high carbohydrate diet seven days before the race itself.

Having lost more than four stone, the year-long fitness challenge has seen Mike change his life completely. Since he has already registered for the 2015 Leeds Half Marathon, this looks set to continue.

When asked what he found the biggest challenge, Mike said: “It’s harder raising the money than it is doing the running but I’m very grateful to everyone for their support so far.” 

To sponsor Mike, text MMAD69 with the amount you want to contribute to 70070 or visit www.justgiving.com/Michael-Dunning4. You can find out more about bowel cancer at http://www.bowelcancerresearch.org/.



About Bowel & Cancer Research
Bowel & Cancer Research is a registered charity (1119105) with three principle aims: to improve survival rates for bowel cancer sufferers through research; to investigate the causes, effects and treatment of bowel diseases other than cancer which are currently poorly understood; and through pioneering innovations in surgery to improve the quality of life of patients suffering a range of bowel diseases who may otherwise need to rely on a stoma (colostomy bag).

Bowel & Cancer Research is a registered charity (1119105) with three principle aims: to improve survival rates for bowel cancer sufferers through research; to investigate the causes, effects and treatment of bowel diseases other than cancer which are currently poorly understood; and through pioneering innovations in surgery to improve the quality of life of patients suffering a range of bowel diseases who may otherwise need to rely on a stoma (colostomy bag).

The charity operates out of the UK’s first National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation, based at Queen Mary, University of London. The centre, opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2013, is a national initiative aimed at bringing together different research disciplines to improve understanding of disease processes and the development of new therapies and to drive forward the innovation and adoption of surgical techniques and medical devices. The Centre focuses on gastrointestinal and bowel research and aims to provide a working model which can be replicated in any other disease area.

The National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation is home to a unique, state of the art human tissue laboratory which enables research with living human tissues taken with patient consent from Barts and the Royal London Hospitals.

Bowel & Cancer Research was founded in 1990 by Professor Norman Williams B, MS, FRCS, FMedSci, the current President of the Royal College of Surgeons (Eng).

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