Cancer took my Dad, and I miss him. Whilst it's great that I also know some fantastic stories of people beating cancer, this disease still hurts too many people.
My good friend Gary Robinson is fighting cancer as I write, and the list of friends this disease has affected just keeps growing. Research and funding to heal and prevent cancer is needed now as much as ever.
I didn't start running until after my Dad passed on. I hated cross country at school and did little of any sport until I was older. However I now really enjoy running and it's great to have the chance to run and raise some funds.
After my first event on a Cancer Research UK's Tough 10 raised more than £1000, I'm now tackling the Great North Run.
Surely the most famous Half Marathon, it was only a few years old when I studied in Newcastle. Thirty years later I'll be running the race myself!
1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
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