‘Cancer won’t slow me down’

ND COMRADESM20144 INLSA Retired schoolteacher and cancer patient Arthur Boyce can give lessons on stamina and endurance, even though he did not complete the long road to Durban. Picture: Sandile Makhoba

Durban - Some runners are an inspiration to others, and 73-year-old Arthur Boyce is one of them.

A prostate cancer sufferer, he was among the early group of runners who missed the halfway cut at Drummond.

The retired schoolteacher of Benoni, who was proudly sporting the colours of the Vodacom Strikers Club, has completed six previous Comrades, earning two bronze and four Vic Clapham medals.

However, he was not so lucky this year and it was the second time in succession he was beaten by Drummond.

He reached Drummond some 10 minutes after the cut-off time.

Boyce was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012 and has since been undergoing treatment.

However, the disease has not put a damper on his spirits and he still continues to take part in the endurance race.

“I am feeling no pain and I am fine. It is difficult to take in when you get here that you have missed the cut-off point,” said Boyce.

“I don’t intend giving up on Comrades any time soon, providing my health permits.

“I run for enjoyment and my ultimate Comrades aim is to achieve my green number. Cancer is not going to slow me down.”

Boyce taught English and Xhosa at Daveyton High School, Benoni, and later at a school in Mpumalanga.



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