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Harrogate widower vows to complete fundraising challenge in isolation

Harrogate widower vows to complete fundraising challenge in isolation

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:48am 27th May 2020.

A Harrogate man is running in isolation as part of a 2020 half marathon challenge in memory of his wife, Georgie.

  • Georgie died of lung cancer aged just 37 
  • Her husband Chris Gatenby is fundraising in her memory 
  • He's raising money for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation by running a half marathon every month 
  • Chris is adapting his runs to stick to social distancing guidelines 

At the beginning of the year, Chris Gatenby pledged to run one half marathon every month, finishing with a full marathon in December to raise money for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

Chris also wants to challenge the misconceptions around lung cancer after his wife, Georgie, an active, non-smoking 37-year-old, died of the disease.

Chris and Georgie
Chris and Georgie

Chris explains: 

"It was in late October 2016 when Georgie started getting mildly breathless when climbing stairs.

"That was when the first signs started to present themselves. It was a few months later, in January, when a biopsy confirmed it was stage 4 lung cancer. She died just eight months later.

"Ashamedly and ignorantly, prior to Georgie's diagnosis, I thought the only causes of lung cancer were smoking or chemicals like asbestos. Needless to say, I now know this is not the case and so I want to raise more awareness of lung cancer whilst raising money for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, the UK's only charity solely dedicated to supporting everyone with the disease."

With many of the half marathons Chris was going to participate in cancelled due to the pandemic, he's now completing his challenge in isolation. 

Chris Gatenby running
Chris says he'll keep running despite the lockdown

 

In April he ran 13 miles around Harrogate and completed laps of a closed Mother Shipton's Cave last month. 

Chris added: 

"Now more than ever Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation needs its supporters. 

"I'd always said that if the worst happens, I would just find another way to complete the challenge, raise the money and fulfil Georgie's wish. At the time, I thought that would be because of injury, not a global pandemic but the same rules apply!

"All I need is my trainers and I can plot a monthly route around where I live. I can't and I won't stop."

Chris has also vowed to run the half marathons he was going to do this year in 2021. 

You can support Chris by making a donation to his JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/j4g-allyouneedislungs