Pensioners tackle 10k after battle with cancer

The Sheppard brothers.
The Sheppard brothers.
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Age and illness hasn’t stopped the Sheppard brothers – who have a combined age of 275 – from tackling a gruelling 10k race.

The four Leeds-born pensioners have signed up for the Asda Foundation York tomorrow to celebrate eldest brother David’s successful battle against cancer.

David, 73, who now lives in Bradford, Peter, 69, from Bardsey, Ray, 67, of Cheshire, and Richard, 66, from Kippax, will be raising money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which supports various cancer and children’s charities.

Ray, who will celebrate his 68th birthday on the day of the race, said: “David has lost the sight in one eye because of the cancer but he has beaten his illness and we wanted to celebrate that.

“Although we weren’t runners during our childhood, we got into the sport later in life and we have run together before.

“There’s often a bit of competition between Peter and me in particular but this time we are running as a family celebration.”

David, who only took up running after he had retired, continued to run during his cancer treatment.

Ray added: “Hopefully David’s experience will be an inspiration to other people.

“We are looking forward to the event and hope to raise funds for some really good causes.”

Over 6,000 people are expected to take part in the sixth annual York 10k, which is organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All.

To sponsor the Sheppard brothers, visit their Just Giving page at

To find out more or to enter the York 10k tomorrow, you can visit the website at

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