A JEWELLERY shop manager is preparing for a gruelling race in memory of his mum and dad who both died of cancer.
Micah Alford, 40, has been building up his training for three months as he looks ahead to the Great North Run in September.
The dad-of-two has never run a half-marathon but he is focused on completing the race and raising as much money as he can for Cancer Research UK.
The charity is close to Micah’s heart. His mum Judie lost her battle with bowel cancer in January 1997.
And just over two years later, his dad, Bernard, who had also been suffering with bowel cancer, sadly died.They were both in their early 60s.
Now Micah, who is manager of Lambs the jewellers, in York Road, Hartlepool, says he plans to run the 13-mile race with his loving parents in mind.
“I have been building up the training and I am now up to around seven and a half miles,” said Micah, who lives in Brierton Road, Hartlepool, with wife, Joanne, 39, and two children, Thomas, nine and Libby, six.
“I am running about 20 miles a week but I will add to that in the weeks up to the race.” Micah was planning to run the race two years ago but a knee injury shortly before the race prevented him from getting to the start line.
And he is lucky to be in good health ahead of this year’s race after an accident on his bike two weeks ago.
Micah said: “I was riding when I catapulted over the handlebars and knocked myself out. It completely took some of the skin off my face but luckily I didn’t do any real damage and I was back running in a couple of days.”
Micah is hoping to raise about £1,000 for the cancer charity in sponsorship.
Once the Great North Run is completed he will look at doing a London Marathon.
Micah said: “Cancer Research UK is close to my heart, it means a lot to me.
“We have raised a lot for them in the past at Lambs so they were the obvious choice when I decided to do the run. Libby and Thomas have both been brilliant. They were the ones who motivated me to do it.”
Anyone who would like to support Micah can pick up a sponsor form from the jewellers or visit www.runningsponsorme.org/1.