As he prepares for what may well be his last ever marathon this Sunday, 36-year-old Sean Coxhead said: “I am going out there on 14 October to prove that I won't be stopped, cancer will not beat me. I will finish the Yorkshire Marathon for all cancer survivors out there.”
Husband and father Sean, who lives in York, initially entered this weekend’s Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon with the simple aim of beating his previous time. Earlier this year, however, he was diagnosed with an incurable cancer.
“In May I was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, which has spread to my spine and pelvic bone. At the time I was given about 12 months to live, with possibly a few extra months on chemotherapy.
Sean’s determination to compete in the event has been unwavering and his participation will go down in Yorkshire Marathon history. To allow him to be joined and supported by runners throughout the duration of his marathon, Run For All have provided him with two complimentary team entries for the day’s Corporate Relay – sponsored by Welcome to Yorkshire.
Mile three will have added significance for Sean, where he will receive support from a sea of fans at the Good Gym cheer station, where Sean is a task force member. Once Sean has passed, the whole of the cheer station crew will be transported to the finish to meet Sean and support him for the last leg of his Yorkshire Marathon.
“My goal now is, first and foremost, to be at the start line, and then to finish. It may well take me the full eight and a half hours at walking pace but I don't care.
Sean’s run will provide a big fundraising boost for MacMillan Cancer Support, a charity that has already provided him with incredible help: “In the short time I have had contact with MacMillan Cancer Support myself, they have already proven themselves to be an invaluable service to have available.”
If you wish to support his run and donate, you can visit his blog here.