A 67-YEAR-OLD Scarborough resident who carried the Olympic torch in 2000 is running in the Melbourne Marathon next month.
Neil Hawtin, who had his prostate removed due to cancer two years ago, has been running one-and-a-half hours a day to prepare for the 42.2km run on October 18.
“I’ve always enjoyed running. The only trophy I’ve won was at school in open cross country at 17 and that was 50 years ago,” he said.
After entering the Perth Marathon in June and the City to Surf in August, Hawtin said running the distance at 67 was “just practice”.
“The one thing the cancer brought home to me was that you really need to make the most of your time,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter what age you are; if you’ve got a dream or desire to do something, do it now rather than wait.”
Hawtin said he found counselling services “therapeutic” after his surgery in 2013.
“It was beneficial to discuss with other people and to know that everyone has much the same problems and reactions,” he said.
Hawtin said running with the Olympic Torch alongside athletes was a highlight.
“I ran 300m on West Coast Highway with Herb Elliot and Phil May,” he said.
Hawtin hopes to raise $720.
To donate, visit http://melbournemarathon2015.gofundraise.com.au/page/HawtinNeil.