A man stands in a sports stadium wearing a green Macmillan T-shirt, white cap with sunglasses pushed onto the peak. He is smiling and wearing a medal around his neck.
Credit: Nigel Johnson/Macmillan

Meet Nigel, an RAF pilot from Sleaford who has spent the last 8 years running and fundraising for Macmillan. The qualified pilot and flying instructor only started running in 2016, but he’s come (and run) such a long way since then!

“I started fundraising for Macmillan by running the Lincoln 10k with my daughter. It snowballed from there as I went on to complete half marathons, marathons and eventually Iron Man Wales. I wanted my fundraising challenges to keep getting bigger and better to help me raise more and more for this amazing charity”
Nigel runs in memory of his ‘caring and loving’ mum who died from ovarian cancer.

“My mum’s Macmillan nurse Judy was a great support, not only to my mum, but to my family, making a truly difficult time just a little more bearable.

“She used to be the mum shouting the loudest on the touchline when I played football as a child, and when I’m out there running or completing a challenge I can always imagine her shouting words of encouragement.”

In 2020 Nigel had plans to take on Lands End to John O’Groats, completing a triathlon every day! Because of the pandemic, plans had to be scaled back. But Nigel and friends still honoured the 900 miles of running, biking and swimming touring the sights of Lincolnshire over the course of nine days.

In 2024 Nigel is off again, this time roping in his squadron to run the marathon distance from their RAF base to Macmillan’s Information and Support Centre in Lincoln County Hospital.

“It’s going to be great fun but a real challenge for some colleagues that don’t run so much. Ultimately, it will help us get one step closer in our aim to fund 1000 nursing hours for Macmillan.”

Feeling inspired by Nigel’s story? Join Team Macmillan and race for a reason in 2024.

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