Buddies take to the treadmill to help prevent cancer

16 March 2018

Postman James Radford and firefighter Carl Villiers, both from Corby, will be running in a range of events this month and next as part of their training for the London Marathon on 22 April. They'll be raising money for World Cancer Research Fund's cancer prevention and survival work.

The two friends, who have been training since October last year, will be taking part in The Bedford 20 run on 25 March, a superfast 20-mile race through the Bedfordshire countryside. Then follow two treadmill stamina tests at Tesco's Weston Favell branch on 31 March and the Newlands Shopping Centre in Kettering on 14 April. From 8am to 5pm on both days, the duo will run several half-hour sessions each on a treadmill, one running while the other rests.

Their programme of endurance culminates in the London Marathon on 22 April.

James, 36, has been running long distances for years, while Carl, 40, was running 5k regularly as part of a programme to maintain his fitness levels as a firefighter. But both men have been building up their stamina with gruelling endurance runs over the last few months. With a combined target of £4,400 for the London Marathon, they're hoping the treadmill challenges will not only raise much-needed funds, but also awareness of the work of WCRF in cancer prevention.

James has been a long-standing fundraiser for cancer charities, having lost his mother, grandmother, and aunt to the disease. He is only too aware of the importance of WCRF's efforts when it comes to prevention measures in the fight against cancer. He explains:

"Having discovered a genetic disorder in our family which increases our susceptibility to cancer, my brother and I are tested regularly, and that is so important for me."

Carl likewise has his own reasons for taking up the challenge:

"Since medical professionals detected a mutated gene in my family which means that we are prone to tumours of the renal system, I am on a programme of pioneering preventative medicines. For me, it's all about early screening and lifestyle choices, and that links closely to the aims of WCRF."

Gerard Cousins, Director of Fundraising at World Cancer Research Fund, said:

"We're incredibly grateful to James and Carl for their fantastic support. It's thanks to the amazing efforts of such people that we can continue to help the public make more informed lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of cancer."

To support James's and Carl's fundraising efforts, visit their JustGiving pages at:

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For more information, please contact the World Cancer Research Fund Press Office by emailing pr@wcrf.org or calling 020 7343 4200 (out of hours: 07879 483022).

Notes to editors

About World Cancer Research Fund:

World Cancer Research Fund is the world's leading authority on the links between cancer prevention and survival and diet, weight and physical activity. By funding and supporting research, developing policy recommendations and providing health information, we ensure that people can make informed lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of developing a preventable cancer. Our scientific research ensures that we will continue to have the latest and most authoritative information at our fingertips, all underpinned by independent expert advice.

For more information follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/wcrf_uk or visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/wcrfuk.

About the Bedford 20:

For more information, please visit: http://bedford20.com

About The London Marathon:

For more information, please visit: virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb