Cheadle man, Rob Cawley has just run one of the races of his life – a fundraising marathon for people affected by Cancer – and he’s amongst the elite in his age category.
The 55 year old is back home after taking part in the Berlin Marathon. Throughout the 26.2 miles, it was rainy, slippery, too warm for fast times and humidity was a staggering 99% but Rob wasn’t to be outrun by the tricky conditions. His goal was the finishing line and the money he was raising for Prostate Cancer UK.
The Berlin Marathon attracts the finest professional and amateur runners with 43,000 competitors representing 138 countries– it’s also where the past six men’s marathon world records have been set.
It wasn’t to be this time as Rob, who is head of Asset and Technical at Irwell Valley Housing Association, explains.
“Conditions were pretty gruelling with high humidity and the atmosphere was quite thick. I actually felt sorry for the spectators but for me it’s an incredible personal experience. I was running with some of the best marathon athletes in the world, I’m improving all the time but best of all I have raised over a £1,000 so far for Prostate Cancer UK. I want to thank everyone who donated. It really spurred me on.”
Rob came 1500th overall with a finishing time of 2hrs 58mins – but wait for it. He was 18th in his age category – that’s worldwide! Truly impressive.
Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. We find answers by funding ground-breaking research, we lead change by raising the profile of the disease and improving care. And we support men by providing vital information and services.
Charity Registration No. 1005541 and in Scotland (SC039332)