Richard, from Leeds, is set to run the Great North Run this Sunday. Here is his story and why he is running for Sands.
My cousin and his wife lost their first daughter, Kitty, and still 11 years on they talk of how the support of Sands was invaluable.
Earlier this year a work colleague went into labour, entered hospital full of joy and optimism, however she was unable to return home with her son.
The work of Sands must be promoted and supported.
What has been your biggest challenge while training?
Doing some. I really don’t enjoy running.
What are you most looking forward to about being part of the Great North Run?
Watching the Red Arrows at the finish line, pint in hand. They are genuinely awe inspiring.
What is your expected fundraising target?
£500. Currently on £400, but the Great North Run is a stepping stone to next month’s Yorkshire Marathon so time to push the fundraising over the next few weeks.
What is your expected finishing time?
Last year I paddied and sulked with 1:48, so unless it’s under 1:45 I won’t be happy. 🙈