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Vale marathon honours running family heritage and cancer fundraiser

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Prostate Cancer UK will benefit from Vale resident, Gareth Kiddie’s efforts as he tackles the gruelling route.

Mr Kiddie, diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago, values the charity’s support.

He said: “I’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer myself, but that was five years ago now.

“The cancer hasn’t progressed during that time, and my doctor says that I’m living with a pussycat rather than a tiger!

“So I can consider myself very lucky and I’m very pleased to be running in aid of a charity working hard to support all those that have been less fortunate in their own prostate cancer diagnosis.”

An ex-cross country runner in his schooldays, the 60-year-old decided to take up running again a few years ago.

His efforts focus on two pivotal aims.

He explained: “I’m running with a target to raise £2,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, but I’ll also be running in memory of my father, John Kiddie, and my uncle on my mother’s side, Bernard Baldwin MBE.

“They were both talented runners.

“They ran together at school, and they competed together for a Welsh Forces athletics team at the old White City Stadium, in London, just after the Second World War.”

His late uncle Bernard, from Barry, was an influential figure in the athletics scene.

His legacy boasts the founding of a range of athletic events in Wales, with “Nos Galan” remaining a significant fixture on New Year’s Eve, drawing international athletes and celebrities in support.

Despite his family’s rich running history, Mr Kiddie remains humble about his abilities.

He confessed: “I’m not in the same league as my dad or uncle Bernard, but I know it will be a fantastic experience.

“If I can go the full distance, and meet my fundraising target, I’ll be very happy.

“I’d like to say a big thanks to all those kind and generous people that have supported me so far.”

Supporters wishing to contribute can locate Mr Kiddie’s personal fundraising page for Prostate Cancer UK on the official Enthuse London Marathon website.

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