Dan's Reason to Run

By Dan Farmer

As someone who has always been very active – parkruns, triathlons and the occasional marathon, during the middle of 2021, I had a feeling that something wasn’t quite right, health-wise. I found that as my symptoms developed, I had started to be less and less motivated to get out and keep fit.

Following a few months of tests and scans, I received my cancer diagnosis on the 13th of January this year and started treatment a couple of weeks later.

In early February, I reached out to a support group that I was aware of – the Lincoln 5k Your Way Group.

5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer, is a community-based initiative to encourage those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local 5k Your Way park run event on the last Saturday of every month.

I went along with my wife & met everyone, who were all very welcoming; we walked the course (based at Lincoln Parkrun, Boultham Park). Some ran it, and some did a lap, then watched and cheered others. Importantly there was no pressure to do more or less than I felt able to do.

Moving more and exercising has enormous benefits for people living with and beyond cancer. It reduces cancer-related fatigue, helps to preserve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, may reduce treatment side effects, improves psychological well-being, may reduce the risk of cancer recurrence, and prolong survival, but most importantly, it’s social, and it’s fun!

I was so impressed by the group – its ambassadors and attendees that I decided I wanted to support it and the wider MOVE charity as much as possible. I signed up for a Trail Marathon for June this year and completed it whilst having treatment for my cancer. I raised just over £2000 for the charity.

But I still want to do more. I genuinely believe that 5k Your Way, and specifically the Lincoln Group, has had a hugely positive effect on my cancer experience.

But what could I do to help?

Some people may have noticed that occasionally, some idiot volunteers at the local Doddington Hall parkrun and wears a giant traffic cone at the halfway point...

I am that idiot…

So, in a bid to raise more awareness of the fantastic Lincoln 5k Your Way group, in the hope that more people living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services can benefit from our group, I will be running the Lincoln City Half Marathon, wearing my giant traffic cone outfit.

I'm particularly looking forward to the 3 hills challenge, and I'm feeling quite confident that I'll get around the whole course.

Give me a wave if you see me on the day!

To support Dan the Move Charity, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danfarmermarathon