MALCOLM Boyd is preparing to dig deep for the challenge of a lifetime in memory of his dad.
The Wellesbourne resident lost his father Arthur to a brain tumour nearly a year ago. Since then, Malcolm has completed a number of runs to raise money for Brain Tumour Research, including the Shakespeare half marathon and the Brighton marathon.
And now the 36 year-old is in training for his his toughest challenge yet – the Cotwold Way ultra marathon covering 107 miles in just four days.
The route starts in Chipping Campden on June 9 and goes through the rolling Cotswold countryside, before finishing in Bath.
Malcolm started fundraising following his father’s diagnosis last year. Realising that there were very few treatment options available, he decided to try and raise money himself to help fund research.
Speaking to the Observer, Malcolm said: “I talked to dad last year about wanting to do something really big to help raise awareness of the need for more research into brain tumours.
“I envisaged dad cheering me on during the challenge and being there for a hug at the finish. But it was not to be. Dad passed away just a few weeks after that conversation.”
So far, Malcolm has raised more than £12,500, which will pay for four days of research in Arthur’s memory.
Carol Robertson, who works for Brain Tumour Research, explained that it costs more than £1million every year to keep their centre going. That works out at roughly £2,740 per day.
The charity is campaigning to see the national spend on research into brain tumours increased to some £35 million a year, in line with breast cancer and leukaemia.
Carol said: “We are hugely grateful to Malcolm for choosing to support us. For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer. It is inconceivable that we should allow this situation to continue unchallenged, abandoning the 60,000 people living with this disease in the UK.”
Visit braintumourresearch.org for further information on Brain Tumour Research.