"Witnessing the pain cancer causes does keep you motivated"- NI runners complete 300km challenge for cancer charity

Runners Iris Stewart, 63 and Nigel Kane, 45 decided to challenge themselves by completing 300k between them
-Credit: (Image: Rachel Kane)

Two NI runners have completed a huge 300km between them to raise funds for a cancer charity. Nigel Kane and Iris Stewart first embarked on their gruelling challenge in 2020, steadily adding to their total each year.

Nigel, 45, who is originally from Carnduff in Ballycastle but moved to Cloughmills with his wife, Rachel, notched up 200km. Meanwhile Iris, 63. also from Cloughmills, achieved a total of 100km.

The runners battled injury and bad weather but they were determined to continue. They said they wanted to ensure the money raised stayed in the local area, raising a total of £2,593.75 for Ballymoney Cancer Research.

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Nigel said: "I began doing 200km in May 2019 in memory of both my father, Jack Kane, and my mother-in-law's husband, Bobby who took unwell with cancer and sadly passed away with this illness. We started to think about ways we could raise some money for either Marie Curie or Cancer Research Ballymoney as we want to keep any money raised in the local area."

Nigel and Iris have both had to overcome injuries during the challenge. He said: "Witnessing the pain cancer causes does keep you motivated as what you are doing is not that much compared to what they went through. A few trips to the gym and running on the treadmill kept us on track.

Iris added: "Many people are affected by cancer, many who were close to me. I wanted to feel like I was doing something. I didn't want to give up - when I start something I always want to finish it".

For their last mile, Nigel and Iris invited friends, family members and fellow runners to join them. They completed the challenge in Lime Park in the village of Armoy - which has become their go-to spot for their daily 5ks.

They said: "We couldn’t have done it without our great supporters rooting us on."

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