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James Upfield

London Marathon runner and former soldier and chef in the British Army

James Upfield, 46, will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon for the disability charity Scope on April 23, 2017. A former soldier and chef in the British Army, James developed Motor Neurone Disease after radiotherapy treatment for cancer. He is not yet in remission and takes daily pain medication, but spurred on by support from his army friends, James decided to train for the marathon – something he has always wanted to do.

Three Years Ago I Couldn't Walk, But I've Just Run The London Marathon

Before I get to the end of the race let me briefly tell you about the beginning. My journey to running the marathon started three years ago when I was diagnosed with stage four mouth and throat cancer. During surgery, I died twice on the operating table, and aggressive radiotherapy meant I developed motor neurone disease.
28/04/2017 15:10 BST

Motor Neurone Disease And Cancer Won't Stop Me Running The London Marathon

My journey to running the marathon started three years ago when I was diagnosed with stage four mouth and throat cancer. During surgery, I died twice on the operating table, and aggressive radiotherapy meant I developed motor neurone disease. I'm not in remission yet, I have another two years to go and I take medication to control my pain. I'm effectively a 'time bomb', but have chosen to push myself and keep busy, living life to the fullest - because the alternative is to sit around feeling sorry for myself.
20/04/2017 16:12 BST