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Cancer inspiration from Gorebridge in double marathon

George King, 63, from Gorebridge was diagnosed with bladder cancer last year and has gone through chemotherapy and radiotherapy. George repaid MacMillan Cancer Trust's support by doing the marathon distance on a rowing machine and then another marathon distance on a gym bike,  in under 5 hours all together.

George King, 63, from Gorebridge was diagnosed with bladder cancer last year and has gone through chemotherapy and radiotherapy. George repaid MacMillan Cancer Trust's support by doing the marathon distance on a rowing machine and then another marathon distance on a gym bike, in under 5 hours all together.

A fitness fanatic from Gorebridge completed a double marathon recently as a thank you to the nurses that treated him for bladder cancer.

George King (63) has not let his diagnosis last year get him down, describing himself as a “glass half full kind of guy”. The former lift engineer’s challenge has raised more than £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Research.

Cheered on by friends and family, he recently completed 26 miles on a rowing machine and the same distance on an exercise bike at Lasswade Centre, all in under five hours.

He said: “The nurses at the Western General were great. You couldn’t ask for a better bunch of people. I always had it at the back of my mind to do something as a big thank you to them. Also, to raise a few bob and to make people aware that it’s not the end of the world if you get cancer.

“I’m lucky, I have great friends and family who have all rallied around. They helped me finish and supported me. I got halfway through the rowing marathon and was finding it really tough, but people coming and dropping money into the bucket kept me going.

“I jumped into the shower and came back for the cycling.”

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