Jon is hitting the road to raise cancer awareness

Jon Clarke will run to and from work every day for a week, to raise money for cancer research
Jon Clarke will run to and from work every day for a week, to raise money for cancer research
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Jon Clark is facing quite a commute to work this week.

The software engineer from Crookes is leaving his car in the driveway, strapping on his running shoes and hitting the pavement to run the 11 miles to and from his office in Eckington every day.

Nik Brear

Nik Brear

With these mammoth journeys - which will see him run 15 hours and cover 110 miles Monday to Friday - Jon is hoping to raise as much money and awareness as possible for The Eve Appeal, a charity specialising in female cancers.

Jon, aged 36, said: “I’m doing this for a good friend of mine, Louise Wisson, who has a rare form of cancer, called primary peritoneal cancer. Louise’s family and friends have made a commitment to raise £100,000 in her name, to increase awareness and research and we’ve already raised nearly £40,000 between us.

“Louise is such an inspiration. She has been so positive throughout her treatment and I really wanted to do something worthy of her.”

Every morning this week, Jon has left his home at 7.30am, run 90 minutes to his office, worked an eight-hour day and then run another 90 mins.

“The first day the weather was nice and it was really pleasant,” said the dad-of-two.

“But as the days went on it’s got tougher and my legs have begun to ache more and more - as I knew they would.”

And Jon’s fundraising, which has already raised £1000 for The Eve Appeal, is very appropriate as September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month.

Louise Wisson, of St Albans, said: “I’m so grateful to Jon and to all the people who are helping to raise funds in my name.

“I also think the awareness they’re raising is so important - time to get the vagina dialogues going.

“55 women are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer every day in the UK and, of these, 21 will die. Early detection is key to increasing survival rates, but that means reducing the stigma.

“In a recent study, one in five women said they believed that gynaecological cancers are associated with sexual promiscuity. This stigma is preventing women from seeking potentially life-saving medical advice, with a quarter of respondents saying they would be put off talking to their GP about gynaecological health problems, because they wouldn’t want to discuss their sexual history.

“The fact is that it’s a normal body part like any other. That’s why I believe it’s time to open up about gynaecological health and save lives.”

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