A STRETTON man has been pounding the streets of Burton to prepare for the Nottingham Robin Hood Half Marathon this Sunday.
Harry Wood, 20, decided to take part in the run to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Mr Wood, who is currently training to be a police officer and used to attend de Ferrers Academy, told the Mail: “In the same week I was born, my auntie was diagnosed with Leukaemia.
“The outlook was rather bleak as she spent many a week and month in hospital beds and treatment rooms undergoing all manner of different gruelling treatments and therapies.
“However, due to the hard work of charities like Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, my auntie survived and, 20 years on, is still here today.”
Mr Wood, who play football for the Hilton Harriers, is aiming to finish the run- his first half marathon - in one hour and 45 minutes.
“It’s a personal cause and means quite a lot to me, ” he said.
“I want to raise money to help continue research into a disease that has a massive impact on not only the unfortunate individual but also their families and friends.
“I also want to raise the money to help the continued support and treatment of a disease that is diagnosed every 15 minutes in the UK.”
In preparation for the run Mr Wood has been increasing the distance he covers each week.
He has taken part in 10k runs before, including the Tenby 10k, and said the half marathon is something he could never have done a few years ago due to him being overweight at the time.
Mr Wood added: “I have ran the distance a couple of times but have never done a race like that. I have slowly increased my distance over a few weeks - the full distance is pretty miserable.”
So far he has raised around £350, more than doubling his original target.
To sponsor Mr Wood visit his fundraiisng page at justgiving.com/Harry-Wood23.