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Sometimes in life you just get to that ‘why not’ moment, and that happened in the Spring of 2019 when my uncle’s 6 month course of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer failed to halt the disease and he was given a terminal diagnosis. I had also lost my father to this cruel disease in 2006...

I turned 50 in September of 2019 and I just thought ‘Why not complete 50 different events with the aim of raising money for research into pancreatic cancer?’ – so 50 at 50 for Pancreatic Cancer was born #50at50forPC

My Dad, Nick Lawson and his brother Bill

Survival rates for most forms of cancer have been rising, the five-year survival rates for pancreatic cancer have remained largely unchanged and shockingly low for the past 40 years, at less than 5%: this is the worst survival outcome for any of the 21 most common cancers., compare that to breast cancer where the survival rates - the average 5-year survival rate for women with invasive breast cancer is 90%.


Money is desperately needed for research so that we can help safeguard against others losing their loved ones to this forbidding disease...

Nick and Bill's childhood in Waterford, Ireland, c1946 

So, between my 50th and my 51st birthday I planned  to take on some interesting challenges with the hope of raising much needed funds, seeing some new sights and making some new friends...but then COVID-19 was upon us. Something so unexpected and it put paid to plans I had to run races, walk the Camino in Portugal or jump out of a plane for my first ever parachute jump. 

So 50 at 50 is now going to be split over 2020 and 2021. I still plan to complete 50 challenges, but I have an extra year to do so. 

So how can you get involved or help?

  1. Donate – My 50 at 50 Just Giving page can be found HERE

  2. Suggest an event I can take part in - Email me here:

  3. Join me at an event – Have a look at the event calendar and if something takes your fancy then sign up - it would be great to have some buddies along the way

  4. Spread the word! ... and help me raise as much money as possible #50at50forPCRF

Events completed so far in 2020 



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  • Virtual Camino de Santiago
    Jun 16, 2020, 2:13 PM – 11:13 PM
    Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Arctic Challenge 26.2 miles
    Abisko National Park
    Feb 28, 2020, 7:00 AM – Mar 04, 2020, 11:00 AM
    Abisko National Park, Kiruna, Sweden
  • Trosley Park Challenge (10K)
    Trosley Country Park
    Feb 23, 2020, 10:00 AM
    Trosley Country Park, Waterlow Rd, Vigo Village, Gravesend DA13 0SG, UK
  • Ceramics Workshop
    Made in Greenwich
    Feb 15, 2020, 2:00 PM
    Made in Greenwich, 324 Creek Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 9SW, UK
  • Bed of nails! ( well a Shakti Mat actually!)
    Feb 09, 2020, 7:00 PM – Mar 07, 2020, 11:00 PM
    Blackheath, Blackheath, London, UK
  • 2000 & 5 Challenge!
    Jan 19, 2020, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Blackheath, Blackheath, London, UK
  • New Year's Day - Park Run Double (10km) (1)
    Danson Park
    Jan 02, 2020, 5:43 PM – 9:43 PM
    Danson Park, 51 Danson Rd, Bexleyheath DA6 8HL, UK
  • RED January - minimum of a one mile run every day (31 miles)
    Jan 01, 2020, 9:00 AM – Jan 31, 2020, 8:00 PM
    London, London, UK
  • Christmas Day Park Run (5km)
    Danson Park
    Dec 25, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Danson Park, 51 Danson Rd, Bexleyheath DA6 8HL, UK
  • Greenwich Christmas Runthrough (10km)
    Greenwich Park
    Dec 21, 2019, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London SE10 8QY, UK
  • Giving up shop bought coffee!
    Dec 13, 2019, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    London, London, UK
  • Fire Walk at Chiswick Park ( a very short distance hopefully!!)
    Chiswick Park
    Nov 07, 2019, 7:00 PM
    Chiswick Park, Chiswick Park, Chiswick, London W4, UK
  • Howletts Wild Animal Park 5km (3.1 miles)
    Howletts Wild Animal Park
    Nov 03, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Howletts Wild Animal Park, Bekesbourne Ln, Bekesbourne, Littlebourne, Canterbury CT4 5EL, UK
  • Halloween Runthrough 10K
    Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
    Oct 31, 2019, 7:00 PM
    Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, UK
  • SuperNova (5km)
    Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
    Oct 18, 2019, 8:00 PM
    Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, UK
  • North Downs Way Hike (28km)
    Oct 12, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Otford, Otford, Sevenoaks, UK
  • Chase the Moon, with Runthrough (10km)
    Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
    Oct 09, 2019, 7:00 PM
    Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, UK
  • Ultra London (34.17 miles)
    Woolwich to Richmond
    Oct 05, 2019, 10:00 AM
    Woolwich to Richmond, London, UK
  • North Downs Way 50 (50KM)
    Sep 28, 2019, 7:00 AM
    Farnham, Farnham, UK
  • Ragnar Relay (177 miles)
    Sep 21, 2019, 8:00 AM
    Sittingbourne, Sittingbourne, UK
  • Willy Waddle ( 2km)
    Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
    Sep 17, 2019, 6:30 PM
    Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, UK
  • Causeway Coast Challenge (27.5 miles)
    Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
    Sep 07, 2019, 7:45 AM
    Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballycastle BT54 6LS, UK



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