Brave Steve’s 10k challenge

PUBLISHED: 09:05 14 May 2011

Left to right: Pete Forde, Steve Mutch and Ben Harris

Left to right: Pete Forde, Steve Mutch and Ben Harris

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HE MAY be undergoing chemotherapy for cancer of the colon – but that has not stopped one determined Weston father from taking on a charity challenge to help others.

Dad-of-two Steve Mutch, aged 41, says he refuses to wait until he has won his cancer battle to give something back, and is taking on the Bristol 10k run this Sunday on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Accounts manager Steve, of West Way, said: “I’ve always kept myself fit and gone to the gym, but I’ve never run anywhere before. My decision to run the Bristol 10k has raised more than a few eyebrows among my friends.

“I wanted to do something for Macmillan and thought: ‘why wait for my chemo sessions to be over, let’s just get on with it’.”

What makes Steve’s decision all the more remarkable is that 17 years ago he was involved in a serious car crash that resulted in a five-month stay in hospital while his pelvis and knee were rebuilt.

This was followed by four months in a wheelchair.

He continued: “The amount of metal in my leg and pelvis makes running difficult, but I’ve got my distance up to three miles (4.8k) and I’ve got a great team helping me.”

The team refers to personal trainer Ben Harris, who is supporting Steve free of charge, and friend Pete Forde.

Fellow Westonian Pete works for Bristol-based Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Animations and is designing a comic character for Steve to highlight awareness of colon cancer. Steve says he hopes to raise £3,000 for Macmillan through sponsorship as a way of saying thank you to the staff in the oncology ward at Weston General Hospital where he has been receiving treatment.

He said: “They have been simply marvellous. The support they give and the dedication they show is simply superb.”

Steve will be supported on the day by friends and family including wife Emma and children Zac, aged eight, and Mia six.

If you want to add your support, you can find sponsorship details by logging on to www.justgiving.com/munchbunch

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