Findlay Young ran his first marathon in 2000. His life changed when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and underwent surgery and radiotherapy. In 2004, to celebrate being a year clear of cancer, Findlay ran four half marathons in the four UK countries in 24 hours. In 2005 Findlay's cancer returned and he had surgery to remove his thyroid. However, after a year of planning, he set off from the Tyne Bridge at dawn on 7 September 2006 to run 24 half marathons in 24 days in 24 locations around the world, including Reykjavik, Rio, New York, Auckland, Mumbai and Dubai. By the time he crossed the final finish line in Newcastle on 2 October, he had raised over £100,000 for Cancer Research UK and the charity believes over £1 million in PR value..In 2010, Findlay was diagnosed with cancer again. However, just weeks after finishing almost a year of radiotherapy, he completed the Great North Run again on 18 September 2011. He has also recently announced he will be running marathons in the desert, jungle and polar ice caps in 2012..