A pharmacist from Knowle and his sister-in-law have taken on the challenge of running 13 half marathons in 12 months in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Aindi Cronin and sister-in-law Debbie Hawker, a community nurse from Moseley, are now preparing for the last leg of their half marathon challenge by taking on the Bupa Great Birmingham Run on Sunday – one year after they began their charity fundraiser.
Debbie initially took on the challenge to support Mend Maddie’s Mummy, a charity set-up to help friend and colleague Nicola McCormick, who was battling Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
After Nicola’s tragic death in July, Debbie and Aindi have continued to raise the money for Cancer Research UK.
Debbie said: We began our challenge at last year’s Bupa Great Birmingham Run and have completed half-marathons courses from Wimbledon to Preston, all to raise funds for Nicola’s treatment that was not available through the NHS.
“Sadly, back in July, Nicola became very ill and lost her fight with cancer at the age of just 29, leaving behind her husband and her daughter, Maddie.
“Following her diagnosis in 2012, Nicola did all she could to help cancer charities. She is my inspiration to get through the 13 half marathons, and focus on raising as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK in her memory.
Aindi added: “Debbie is the star of this, I am just here to keep her motivated. We look forward to completing our final half-marathon in Birmingham.
“I call it setting myself a challenge but most people call it a midlife crisis. I will be running 13 half marathons in 12 months. While a midlife crisis won’t affect us all cancer will and probably already has touched us all in some way.
“By supporting Cancer Research let’s help more people fight this devastating disease.”