By Professor Roger Kirby
I will always remember the day I broke the news to Andrew Etherington that he was suffering from prostate cancer and needed an operation to cure it. He looked aghast and muttered that he couldn’t undergo surgery because he had just got a place in the year 2000 London Marathon. “Oh yes you can”, I said, “and what’s more, I will run it with you”. Three of us, myself, Andrew and another patient, Doug Davidson (‘three men and one prostate’) completed the race and raised almost £100,000 for Prostate UK.
Since then Andrew has faithfully accompanied us every year on an annual challenge to raise funds for the charity. Two further London Marathons, in successive years, then summiting the Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kinabalu, respectively. Following that, trekking coast to coast by Hadrian’s Wall, walking the full length of the West Highland Way and most recently a grueling hike across the High Fells of the Lake District from St Bees to Kirkby-Stephen. By means of these challenges over the past decade as a team we have raised more than £3 million for the cause.