Queen’s pony man set for marathon

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Michael Muir, who has worked at Balmoral as the Queen’s Ponyman for 28 years, is to take part in the Virgin London Marathon on April 17 in aid of the UK charity Orchid.

Orchid was set up to save men’s lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers through pioneering research and promoting awareness.

Michael, 44, said: “I was inspired to take part in this after my father-in-law Doug Miller died of prostate cancer last Jun e, just a week before his 76th birthday, and after a 4-year battle with the disease.

“He knew there was something not right, but unfortunately by the time he was diagnosed, the cancer had spread to his bones and it was too late to save him.”

It will be a step up for Michael who has never entered a marathon before.

He said: “It’s my first marathon. I’ve taken part in the Balmoral Run in previous years, but the most I’ve ever run is 10 miles.

“I’ve been training hard for the London Marathon and I hope to break 4 hours. That’s my challenge.”

Formed in 1996 by former testicular cancer patient, Colin Osborne, Orchid is the only UK registered cancer charity to focus entirely on the male-specific cancers; prostate, penile and testicular.

The charity offers support and information to people affected by or interested in male cancer through a dedicated medical research programme, education and awareness campaigns and a range of support services.

Whether you have been recently diagnosed with a male cancer, are a family member seeking more information or a healthcare professional looking to run an information session, Orchid is available to help.

The third Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week takes place from the 11-17 April 2011.

If you would like to sponsor Michael Muir, you can contact him on 07540067389, email him at mikemuir@live.co.uk or fill in the sponsor sheet at Ballater Clinic.

To find out more about the various activities planned with Orchid, check out the website: http://www.orchid-cancer.org.uk/583/Awareness-Week-2011.