Surgeon puts on his running shoes to raise charity cash

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DEDICATED James Byrne is rising to one of the UK’s biggest sporting challenges and is calling on others to join him.

The 50-year-old surgeon, from Upham, will be taking part in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, April 26 for Cancer Research UK.

He will be running in a team with four colleagues who have been inspired by their work at Cancer Research UK’s Southampton Centre at Southampton General Hospital to raise funds.

James is encouraging anyone who already has a place in the event to unite with them become part of the Cancer Research UK running team.

Also taking part in the challenge are research nurses Kerry Gready, 40, and Anna Smith, 37, clinical researcher and trainee pathologist Karwan Moutasim, 34, and tissue bank scientist Gavin Babbage, 38, all from Southampton.

James was part of a fundraising team that ran the New York marathon in 2013 in a bid to raise £100k.

He said: ‘New York was a very powerful experience for me and I’m looking forward to once again being part of something that is bigger than the sum of its parts. Pounding the pavements has been challenging but it’s motivating to know the money we raise is helping to bring forward the day when cancer is cured.’