Greg Rutherford reveals he found testicular lump in lockdown but ignored it as sanity ‘was beaten’


Olympic gold medalist Greg Rutherford has spoken of the terrifying moment he found a lump on his locked testicle.

The terrified 33-year-old – who won the Celebrity MasterChef in 2019 – admits his sanity “took a beating” as he desperately tried to ignore it out of fear.


Greg Rutherford with his wife Susie VerrillCredit: Getty – Contributor

The father-of-two couldn’t even cope with confiding in his wife Susie Verrill until “physical pain and worry” forced him to turn to a friend.

Thankfully, the bump turned out to be a cyst – and now retired long jump champion Greg is urging his fans to get checked out.

Posting a photo of his family on Instagram, Greg said, “I’m a lucky man. I have a wonderful, loving family and have enjoyed years of success in a sport I loved.

“I’ve always felt a bit physically invincible… but during the lockdown, that invincibility took a massive hit.

Greg revealed his fear of health on Instagram

“As we were all locked in our homes, doing our best to stabilize the horrific scenario created by Covid, to put it bluntly, I found a lump on one of my balls.

“Rather than accept that it was there, I ignored it and created distractions like re-training and using my physical strength to conquer the unknown.

“Obviously it didn’t work and my sanity took a bit of a beating when the fear set in.

“I didn’t tell Susie or anyone around me until the physical pain and worry got the better of me, then I contacted a friend (Leo Barker) who had severely suffered from testicular cancer.

He won gold at the London 2012 Olympics6
He won gold at the London 2012 OlympicsCrédits: Getty Images – Getty
He was crowned 2019 MasterChef champion


He was crowned 2019 MasterChef championCredit: PA

“He said what I already knew… GO AND GET HIM CHECKED!” After an appointment, blood and a CT scan, I was told it was cysts! BLOOD CYSTS. But above all nothing to seriously fear. I don’t think I ‘I felt relief like that. ”

Greg added, “I’m just here to ask everyone to check it out. Even now, during a pandemic, when I think it’s safe to say we’re afraid of wasting time on doctors and nurses.

He bravely spoke of his 'battered' sanity6
He courageously spoke of his “battered” mental healthCredit: PA
Greg admits he thought he was 'invincible' before his fear of health


Greg admits he thought he was ‘invincible’ before his fear of healthCrédits: Getty Images – Getty

“If you’re a dude, grab them and make sure there’s nothing wrong. And if your partner isn’t checking their own balls, maybe offer to do it for them.

“I feel incredibly grateful that I can say it’s nothing serious, but I’ve also realized that if worrying is a natural response, it doesn’t solve anything.

“Keep checking and if you find something, take it seriously. ”

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