Running the extra mile for prostate cancer

5 The Green, Fornham All Saints, IP28 6JX.'Simon Loughe is a GP running the Great North Run for prostate cancer charity.  ''Pictured; Fighting fit and ready to face the challenge of the Great North Run later this year.
5 The Green, Fornham All Saints, IP28 6JX.'Simon Loughe is a GP running the Great North Run for prostate cancer charity. ''Pictured; Fighting fit and ready to face the challenge of the Great North Run later this year.
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A POSTMAN and a doctor from Suffolk are among those in training to complete the Great North Run in September - and both are running in aid of the Prostate Cancer Charity.

GP Simon Loughe, 51, from Fornham All Saints, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January.

David Rapley who is doing the Great North Run for Prostate Cancer charity.

David Rapley who is doing the Great North Run for Prostate Cancer charity.

However, doctors discovered soon after that he was suffering from paroxysmal atrial fibrilation, an abnormal heart rhythm, and needed keyhole surgery to treat that first.

Simon, who practises at the Forest Group surgery in Brandon, had his prostate operation yesterday.

But incredibly, in just a month’s time, he plans on tackling the famous half marathon course.

Simon said: “I have dealt with patients who are going through the same thing I am going through.

“It really gives you a different window on the patient experience.”

Postman David Rapley, 47, from Bardwell, is also hoping to deliver a hefty donation to the Prostate Cancer Charity.

And as David has worked for Royal Mail for 28 years, he is well used to having sore feet and aching legs.

In 2007, he ran the London marathon to support the Prostate Cancer Charity because he felt it needed more recognition. This year he is taking part in the Great North Run for the same cause.

You can donate money to Simon by visiting www.justgiving.com/simon-loughe and to David at www.justgiving.com/davidrapley