Cancer patient Les, 84, sums up spirit of Miles for Men

inspiration: Left to right is Wynyard Woods care worker Andy Metcalf, nurse Natalie Austin and Les Weatherall
inspiration: Left to right is Wynyard Woods care worker Andy Metcalf, nurse Natalie Austin and Les Weatherall

INSPIRATIONAL 84-year-old Les Weatherall summed up the spirit of this year’s Miles for Men by completing the 5km fun run in aid of cancer research while suffering with the disease.

Les, who has been battling the disease for 12 years, was the oldest runner at yesterday’s event that saw around 1,000 men and boys help raise vital cash for Cancer Research UK.

Inspirational Les has undergone a staggering 37 operations in that time for bowel and prostate cancer.

The disease has also destroyed his left kidney.

But he threw himself into the event and completed the route in just under an hour.

Les, who lives at Wynyard Woodland care home, in Wynyard, said: “They have looked after me and now I am trying to help look after others.

“I used to be a long distance runner and the consultant said that was the only reason I am still here because I was fit.

“I have been in and out of James Cook’s theatre 37 times under anaesthetic.

“I did three-miles back in Wynyard as practice so I knew I would be able to do it.

“My left knee gave me a bit of trouble but apart from that I felt fine.”

Les has decided not to go through any more operations despite still fighting cancer.

He was joined in the run by care home worker Andy Metcalf.

The final amount raised from this year’s event won’t be known until all the money has been collected in.