A Harrogate father and son are getting ready to run the Bupa Great North Run for a charity close to their hearts.
Chris Child and his son Marc will join 55,000 other keen runners to take part in the world’s biggest half marathon raising funds for Yorkshire-based Heart Research UK.
The pair’s family have been afftected by heart disease which is why they choose to run for the national charity.
Both Chris’s grandparents suffered from heart disease and his father-in-law died from a heart attack aged 51.
Chris, 57, of Oakdale, in Harrogate said: “My father-in-law died at a relatively young age, and it was obviously very distressing for us all to lose someone so suddenly in this way.
“Treatments and techniques have come a long way over the years and we want to make sure research continues so that things can improve even more.”
Son Marc, 27, a former pupil of Grosvenor House and Ripon Grammar School, said: “It is a real shame that I never got to meet my grandfather as I’ve heard he was such a lovely man.
“By doing the Great North Run my dad and I want to help raise funds so that doctors can get better at treating heart disease – and people can reduce their chances of getting this awful illness in the first place.”
Heart Research UK is based in Leeds and was founded in 1967 by heart surgeon David Watson MBE.
Anyone wishing to sponsor them can do so via their Just Giving page, www.justgiving.com/Chris-Child.
The father and son team have been training hard over the past few weeks.
The September race will be Chris’s fifth Great North Run and it will be the second time Marc takes on the 13.1 mile challenge.
The Bupa Great North Run is established as Britain’s biggest participation event with 55,000 runners taking part.
The race, which includes the iconic run across the Tyne Bridge, started in 1981.
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