A Barnton resident will be putting himself through the paces at the BUPA Great Manchester Run on Sunday 16 May in memory of his father-in-law who died of leukaemia this February.
Mark Craig, 29, will be running the 10km route to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the charity dedicated to beating blood cancers.
The father of one was motivated to raise money after he witnessed the gruelling effects that leukaemia had on his father-in-law, David.
"David was only 64 years old when he was taken from us, after battling with the disease for eight long years," says Mark.
"Despite being given the all clear in December 2009, he suddenly became weak again in the New Year and we finally lost him in February. The speed with which he was taken from us was devastating and it’s incredibly upsetting for us that he won’t be able to see his grandchildren grow up."
Up to 36,000 people are expected to attend the Great Manchester Run this year, which has seen athletes such as Usain Bolt take part in the past. Mark has been training hard for the challenging run, which he hopes will help him train for longer marathons in the future.
He says, "I wanted to get something positive out of this whole ordeal and the BUPA Great Manchester Run seemed the perfect way to challenge myself physically whilst raising money for such a fantastic cause. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is a charity close to mine and my family’s hearts as it works tirelessly so that other families don’t have to go through what we went through."
Mark will be running with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research's Banana Army running team, which is sponsored by TVTimes and Adidas and is so called because of its bright yellow t-shirts!