Warren, from Wirral, is set to run the Great North Run this Sunday. Here is his story and why he is running for Sands.
I am running for Sands as my wife and I lost our little one in August 2017. Since this moment it became clear that this issue had affected many more people and families than I first thought. It seems to be kept a secret by everybody. Sands helps people talk about their circumstances and not bottle these things up. They are also conducting research into preventing these deaths. What better cause could there be than helping families who suffer the loss of a baby and leading research into preventing it.
What has been your biggest challenge while training?
My biggest challenge has been injuries! I’m not designed for running and my ankle and knees have been reminding of this for the last few weeks! The other challenge faced was trying to train in the oppressive heat we had through July and August. Trying to do long distance in that was an awful experience sometimes and I quickly learned when not to bother pushing it.
What are you most looking forward to about being part of the Great North Run?
Having my wife, son and family there to witness the spectacle and enjoying being a part of 55,000 other people daft enough to run 13 miles!
What is your expected fundraising target?
I originally said £400 but I’m over that with friends and family support so anything else is a plus and helps support a great cause.
What is your expected finishing time?
I’d love 2 hours but reality is probably 2 hours 5ish!