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Temporary Stop to running...


Hi All,

Unfortunately due to unexpected diagnosis of stomach cancer with 2 lymph nodes affected I’m having to stop running for a while. I’m absolutely gutted, terrified and shellshocked. I only began running on 1st April last year. In less than a year I’ve run 5K, 5miles, 10K and 10mile races and joined a running club. My first HM was to be 14th April my 60th birthday so I’ve had to pull out. On the plus side apparently my age and fitness from running are on my side. Treatment will be confirmed on Thursday but it’s likely to be aggressive chemo, surgery for complete gastrectomy, followed by more chemo. I’m utterly bewildered as I’ve never smoked, have 2 drinks max per week and eat pretty much healthily. On a more positive note I’m not cancelling my Runners World subscription and am aiming to start running again as soon as I can. I’m going to drop off the forum for now but in the words of Arnie ‘I’ll be back’ 👍

31 Replies

Oh Maybe, what a shock for you. You will have quite the journey ahead of you now, but as you say your newfound fitness will stand you in good stead, and you've already proven that you are up to a challenge! Hang on to your positivity and your magazines, the half marathons will wait. Wishing you all the very best over the coming months, sending healing vibes your way and look forward to seeing you back when you are ready 🙂

Maybe58 in reply to linda9389

Thank you 😊

O505kHalf Marathon

What a shock that will have been for you. Wishing you a speedy recovery.



Oh goodness Maybe, what a hugely crappy hand to have been dealt out of the blue! But as Linda says, I'm certain your fitness will help you no end in the journey getting back to 100%. Do let us know how you get on, we'll be pompomming your return in no time. 😊🤗

Maybe58 in reply to Sqkr

Thank you, I’ll pop in time to time 😄

AnniemurphHalf Marathon

What a horrible shock. Very best wishes to you, and see you again soon. The roads will still be out there waiting for you when you are ready.

Maybe58 in reply to Anniemurph

I will reward my new start with new trainers 😉


Oh my... sending big careful hugs and well wishes xxx

Maybe58 in reply to roseabi

Thanks, I’ll need a lot of hugs x

Irish-JohnHalf Marathon

Wishing you only good things leading to a good result 🙏

Maybe58 in reply to Irish-John

Thanks, I’ll get there for what may be the hardest race I’ll ever run 🏃‍♀️

Irish-JohnHalf Marathon in reply to Maybe58

Will be cheering you on the whole way xxx

Oh! I am so very sorry you have a journey ahead of you that no one would choose. I so hope that your fitness proves a real help in getting you through, together of course with your family.


That is a real shock. I wish you only good things and a smooth and stable recovery.

SaskAlliecatHalf Marathon

I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis and the tough road you have ahead of you. Wishing you all the best and a huge virtual hug.

Lavender1962Half Marathon

Sending you hugs and wishing you all the best through out your treatment.


What shocking news for you...Try to remain positive... and I wish you well as you move through your treatment.

Focus on the finish line as you have many, many times before.

You can do this and we will all be here waiting for your return! xx

Maybe58 in reply to Oldfloss

Hello! I’ve finished chemo three weeks ago and am awaiting a CT to check it’s worked. To build up strength for surgery (hopefully July) I’m going back to C25K tomorrow. Between cycle 3 & 4 of chemo I had an extra week breather to allow bloods to recover a bit. So I felt well enough to run in a 2mile Fun Run. I came in 107 out of 147 runners, in 39mins. I was pleased to get round and get my medal. This run was the first one I did on my running journey, so I had to do it this year. Next year I will do the five mile run 🏃‍♀️

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Maybe58

This is good news.... and going back to C25K.... what a great idea.... many of us have done this and we know how useful it will be...slow and steady ( what else) ?

You did brilliantly to run.... and a great time too! A great run to do...

I hope you will keep us posted... and I wish you well with every single fibre of my being for those results...

Next year.. 5 miles... at least:)

I have PMd you too...

AgelesslassMetric Marathon

So extremely sorry to hear your shocking news. I wish you a speedy recovery and will look forward to reading about your recovery on this forum.

Equi-geek10 Miles

Adding my best possible wishes, to all the other responses, for a quick and complete recovery. xx

Positivity is your mantra...you have come so far already so hope this takes you on a good recovery! Wishing you everything successfull on your difficult journey x

Makes everything else pale to insignificance my thoughts are with you for a speedy recovery 💐

WhatsappHalf Marathon

Sorry to hear your news. You seem to have the positivity and the strong mindset to deal with this. Take your time and accept all the help that is offered. Your running challenges, groups and this forum will still be here when you are ready to come back xx


Oh flamin ‘ell 🤨. I’m so sorry to hear your bad news What a worry for you

You sound to be in a positive state of mind though which is good All the very best of luck as you go through your treatments 💪👍 I wish you all the very best Hopefully you will be running again before too long 🙂

ColinsmithHalf Marathon

Wish you all the best Maybe. Hope your treatment goes well, and that your temporary break from running (love that attitude) is short.

Very best wishes to you. Good Luck with your treatment. Hope to see you back before too long. 🍀

Thank you all so much for your kindness. I will post on my ‘runnerversary’ (1st April) with an update 😄

Sandraj39Half Marathon

So sorry to read your news but as you said, the fitness you have built up through running has got to be a positive thing. I hope you get the support you need on the journey ahead - we are all thinking off you. Take care and good luck.

Maybe58 in reply to Sandraj39

Thank you 🙏

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