Terry, from Scunthorpe, is set to run the Great North Run this Sunday. Here is his story and why he is running for Sands.
This year is our daughter Sophie’s 5th birthday. That year was even more special with my sister in law being pregnant at the same time.
Both pregnancies went well and Sophie arrived in July and to our relief both my wife and new daughter were well. Then the attention turned to my sister in law. The baby was due in January and all the usual checks and scans showed everything was ok.
Lily arrived in December but to everyone’s shock she was born with complications. The whole family was devastated.
Lily only lived for a few hours before she died.
We will never forget the pain and suffering that my sister in law and husband went through. This is something that they and their family will have to live with throughout their whole lives and it’s all the more poignant every year as we celebrate another birthday for Sophie.
So to commemorate Lily and say thank you to the charity that helps families through these terrible times, I will be running the Great North Run this year to support Sands.
Biggest challenge while training?
2 months off running in April/May after a fall during a run ending in a face plant on the tarmac. Face/shoulder/elbow/knee/ankle ouch! Then the slow build back up from 1 mile at a time
What are you most looking forward to about being part of the Great North Run?
The crowds, never run at such a well supported race, just seen it on the telly
What is your expected fundraising target?
£500+ hopefully, there’s been some generous people at British Steel!
What is your expected finishing time?
Less than 2hrs