Marathon (x3) for Relay’s John

John Foster and John Taylor hand over cheque to Relay for Life.
John Foster and John Taylor hand over cheque to Relay for Life.

A Longside man has raised more than £1,600 for Cancer Research UK after having completed a marathon effort (x3) at this year’s Peterhead Relay for Life.

Cancer survivor John Foster, was invited to join the HK2 team for this year’s event, which took place at the town’s Catto Park on July 2.

Team members are required to walk a lap of the track in rota during the relay, but John (65), who was taking part in his first ever Relay, decided to just keep walking through the night.

Twenty-four hours later, his pedometer had shown that he had completed a staggering 75 miles - almost three marathons!

John told the Buchanie: “I was diagnosed with cancer back in 2013 after my wife noticed that I had an inverted nipple while on holiday in Tenerife.

“I went to the doctor when I got back home and following tests it turned out to be cancer.

“I was due to get an operation on Christmas Eve but it was delayed until New Year’s Eve and when I came round I felt terrible - it turned out that a blood vessel had ruptured so I had to go back into surgery.

“That was the be and end-all of my cancer and I’ve always maintained since that you have to be positive about these things.

“While walking I had to fight me way through the pain barrier but I made it and completed 75 miles. I just walked and walked,” he said. “I’ve raised £1.655.50 so far thanks to my family and friends and former work colleagues.

“I had a few cuts and blisters and I lost the nail on my little toe, but everything is healing well now.”

Asked if he would do the Relay again, John replied: “Never say never!”.

Kathleen Chalmers, HK2 team captain, said she had been amazed by John’s perseverence : “He just wouldn’t stop walking - only coming in for a drink now and again.

“We’re overwhelmed by the amount he has raised and the effort he went to to raise it,” she added.

John was joined on the Survivor’s lap by fellow Longside man and cancer survivor John Taylor (67), who was also on the HK2 team. He raised £558 for the cause.