Two male ultrarunners smile for the camera in a dusky, grassy landscape

Thomas was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in November 2020, aged 33. The cancer, which had spread to his liver and spleen, was treated with nine cycles of fortnightly chemotherapy and five weeks of daily chemo-radiotherapy treatments.

Thomas also made huge changes in his personal life, giving up nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, and adopting a healthier diet and lifestyle, culminating in him running the London Marathon in 2021 and raising £16,000 for Macmillan.

Cancer has had a huge impact on Thomas’ life, having lost his mother to breast cancer when she was just 38 years old, and his grandfather to bowel cancer, as well as, of course, facing his own cancer diagnosis.

This is why Thomas didn’t stop there and took on another incredible challenge for Macmillan, who have supported his family for many years and who he feels ‘embodies the very best of human nature.’

One year ago this month, Thomas completed Race to the Stone, a 100 Km ultra marathon along the oldest footpath in Britain and raised a further £5,000 for Macmillan.

You can also race for a reason to help people like Thomas by signing up to run for Team Macmillan in 2024/25.

For anyone wanting to take their next challenge to the next level, take a look at 5 of the ultras Macmillan has on offer.

Kent Downs 50

South Coast Ultra

Ultra X England

Thames Path Ultra

Ultra X Overseas