Tumour setback fails to stop Steve running

Stephen Coombes taking part in the Coventry Half Marathon on March 1. Since then he has taken part in two more events, with two more scheduled this month, in aid of Katharine House Hospice. NNL-150316-104453001
Stephen Coombes taking part in the Coventry Half Marathon on March 1. Since then he has taken part in two more events, with two more scheduled this month, in aid of Katharine House Hospice. NNL-150316-104453001

A inspirational man from King’s Sutton who lost an eye after being diagnosed with a brain tumour has passed the half-way mark in a bid to run five half marathons in five weeks.

Stephen Coombes, 44, was given the devastating news back in 2008, and underwent two lengthy operations as well as stereotactic radiotherapy to remove and treat it. Despite suffering complete deafness in his left ear as well, these setbacks have failed to get in the way of Mr Coombes, who completed the first of his half marathons in Coventry on March 1 in a time of two hours 19 minutes. All funds raised will go to Katharine House Hospice.

“I have seen for myself the outstanding care it offers. A dear uncle spent his last months there before cancer took him, and an inspirational friend spent her last weeks there before an inoperable brain tumour beat her.”

Stephen Coombes

He said: “I have seen for myself the outstanding care it offers. A dear uncle spent his last months there before cancer took him, and an inspirational friend spent her last weeks there before an inoperable brain tumour beat her.

“The brave way she faced her tumour was a huge inspiration and a massive help in helping me come to terms with my own tumour.”

Mr Coombes, who is a member of Banbury Soles Running Club, followed up his Coventry run in Llanelli on March 8 in two hours 20 minutes. He took part in the half marathon at Silverstone on Sunday and will now head to Warwick on Sunday and Liverpool on March 29. Visit www.justgiving.com/steves-hmcc2015