Hero Rob takes on running challenge for kids with cancer

Half marathon hero Rob Green with the distinctive shirt he will wear for the Great Eastern Run. SG220916-135TW
Half marathon hero Rob Green with the distinctive shirt he will wear for the Great Eastern Run. SG220916-135TW
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Cancer survivor Rob Green has taken on a massive running challenge with no training to raise cash for children battling the disease he beat.

Rob (25) ran the West Pinchbeck 10k at the weekend and takes on the Great Eastern Run, a half-marathon, in Peterborough on October 9.

Currently he’s packing more than 20 stones – some five stones overweight – and has had no time to train.

But he bit the bullet and signed up for the runs when online personality Dapper Laughs offered to donate £500 to Rob’s cause, the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

He says: “I am going to smash this for children and young people with cancer.”

Chef Rob, who works at the Loft in Spalding, says: “I had cancer when I was ten-years-old and it shook my whole family. Now I am 25 and been all clear for 15 years.

“The type of cancer I had is not common in young people and I am the youngest person in medical history to have a tumour on my bladder. So CLIC Sargent is a charity very close to me and helps children and young adults with cancer.

“Every penny really does help and, fingers crossed, one day we will find a cure and more children get to live on through their illness to enjoy a normal life.”

It’s a few years since Rob last ran any serious distance but he cracked the 10k in 1hr 13m, only five minutes slower than his sister-in-law, Samantha Cross, from Sutterton, who runs in a club.

Rob is married to Rebecca and they have sons Riley (5) and Dylan (4).

His family cheered him on for the 10k and they will be out in force for the half-marathon.

Mum Christina Joynson is “extremely proud” of her son, Rob, and says “he’s a fighter”.

She said: “If he sets his mind to something he always does it. This fundraising means everything to him. He wants to give something back.”

Doctors found Rob’s tumour after looking for a suspected birth defect.

Christina said: “Rob was the youngest person in the country to have that type of cancer and his operation was filmed and sent to hospitals around the country to make them aware it could be found in young people.”

•To donate to Rob’s cause please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Robertfsgreen