Student Voice – Henry’s Marathon for Men

Hi there, my name is Henry Pawson and I recently ran a marathon for Prostate Cancer UK. Previously, before COVID-19, I swam competitively for Nottingham Leander Swimming Club, however due to ongoing pool closures I had to find an alternative source of fitness. So, you guessed it, I started running.

When this latest lockdown was announced I decided I fancied a challenge, so I set my eyes on completing a marathon for charity. Completing my marathon did come with its challenges, including the flooding of the River Trent, which forced me to change my route at short notice.

I chose Prostate Cancer UK because I have always felt that men’s cancer and the charities that support the cause are not widely promoted. By doing my marathon I aimed to raise not only money for this charity, but awareness about prostate cancer as well. I completed 26.5 miles in 3:35:59, and at the time of writing we have raised almost £500 for Prostate Cancer UK.

I hope it won’t be long until I am back in the pool with my swimming club, but for now, I am proud of my achievement and I would say that keeping fit is a great way to stay positive during these unprecedented times. Stay safe – Henry. Henry Pawson, 12B