No running away from challenge for Alan

PUBLISHED: 13:39 07 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:39 07 July 2016

Alan Haylock, second in from left, will run 40 miles to raise money for the Chestnut appeal with friends.

Alan Haylock, second in from left, will run 40 miles to raise money for the Chestnut appeal with friends.

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A 40-mile charity running challenge has been accepted by a grateful man whose father-in-law has been given the all-clear from cancer.

Alan Haylock, 40, is to run a mile for every year of his age on Saturday, August 20, in an attempt to raise money for the Chestnut Appeal, a prostate cancer charity, after his father-in-law suffered from the illness last year.

He is also running in memory of his uncle, who died from cancer.

Mr Haylock, who aims to raise £500 for the Chestnut Appeal, said: “I do a bit of cross-country running and I wanted a challenge.

“Unfortunately, cancer seems to be the norm nowadays. I was devastated when my uncle lost his battle to the disease last year, but I’ve learned that it’s not all doom and gloom as my father-in-law has just been given the all-clear from prostate cancer.”

Those running will start off at Exmouth’s rugby club, follow the South West Coast Path to Branscombe before heading back past the Donkey Sanctuary on the way to Sidbury, then pass through the East Devon countryside and finish back at the starting point. It is expected to take around eight hours. In the final leg of the run, Alan hopes to be joined by a large group of friends from his running club, Hashing Group to see him cross the finish line.

Mr Haylock said he wanted to put his hobby to good use and raise money for charity.

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